A “Jeopardy!” contestant is keeping off accusations after at-home viewers accused the two-time winner of flashing a hand gesture that has turn out to be synonymous with white supremacist teams.
Returning champion Kelly Donohue appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the competitors trivia present and throughout the present’s introductions, Donohue appeared to carry up the final three fingers on his proper hand, forming an “OK” signal touching his forefinger to his thumb and holding it to his chest. Donohue then tapped his chest 3 times with the hand gesture.
It didn’t take lengthy earlier than many on social media took to varied platforms and accused Donohue of signaling with the gesture, which has since been categorized as an emblem of hate by the Anti-Defamation League as of 2019.
In a since-deleted Fb submit, Donohue vehemently denied signaling something apart from the quantity three – which was Donohue’s third look on this system. “That’s a three. No extra. No much less.” Donohue wrote.
Donohue in addition to reps for “Jeopardy!” didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Donohue is not going to seem on Wednesday’s telecast and has since made his social media account personal.
In the meantime, a proper letter from greater than 400 alleged former “Jeopardy!” contestants printed to Medium on Wednesday known as for showrunners to behave on the alleged condemned hand gesture.
“This, whether or not intentional or not, resembled very intently a gesture that has been coopted by white energy teams, alt proper teams, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters,” the letter reads.
It goes on to say: “No matter his said intent, the gesture is a racist canine whistle. A number of the first folks to note this weren’t affiliated with ‘Jeopardy!’ in any method — they had been viewers who couldn’t consider what they’d seen, captured it on video, and shared it to Twitter. Amongst them had been folks of colour who, evidently, are attuned to racist messaging and never appreciative that the present allowed this image to be broadcast.”
The general public decree went on to say precedents by which “Jeopardy!” producers made post-production calls to both alter or take away different gestures or visuals that might have been misconstrued as one thing apart from harmless actions.
“On multiple event, contestants have made gestures throughout their introductions that had been seen as undesirable for broadcast and had been requested by the manufacturing workforce to reshoot the footage with out the gesture,” the letter mentioned.
“A few years in the past, a contestant unintentionally wagered a financial quantity that used numerical values coopted by white supremacist teams and, for the reason that whole didn’t have an effect on the end result of the sport, ‘Jeopardy!’ digitally altered the numbers within the model that aired. This could have been completed on this case,” it added.
The previous present contestants requested that the present challenge “a press release and a disavowal of each of this week’s occasions, and we wish to see ‘Jeopardy!’ tackle Kelly’s habits.”