A “Jeopardy!” The candidate is pushing back the charges after home viewers accused the two-time winner of making a gesture that has become synonymous with white supremacist groups.
Returning champion Kelly Donohue appeared in the competition trivia episode on Tuesday, and during the show’s introductions, Donohue appeared to be holding the last three fingers of his right hand, forming an “OK” sign touching his index finger to his thumb and holding it to his chest. Donohue then patted his chest three times with the wave of his hand.
It wasn’t long before many social networks turned to various platforms and accused Donohue of reporting the gesture, which has since been classified as a symbol of hatred by the Anti-Defamation League from 2019.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, Donohue vehemently denied reporting anything other than number three – which was Donohue’s third appearance on the show. “It’s a 3. No more. No less.” Donohue wrote.
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Donohue as well as representatives of “Jeopardy!” did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Donohue will not appear on Wednesday’s telecast and has since reported on his private social network account.
Meanwhile, an official letter from more than 400 alumni suspected “Jeopardy!” Candidates posted on Medium on Wednesday called on showrunners to act on the alleged doomed hand gesture.
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“This, intentional or not, closely resembled a move that was co-opted by white power groups, alternative right-wing groups and an anti-government group which calls itself the Three Percent,” it reads. the letter.
He goes on to say, “Regardless of its stated intention, the gesture is a racist dog whistle. Some of the first people to notice it were not affiliated with ‘Jeopardy!’ in any way – these were viewers who couldn’t believe what they had seen, captured it on video and shared it on Twitter. Among them were people of color who , of course, listen to racist messages and do not appreciate the program allowed the dissemination of this symbol. “
The public decree went on to mention precedents in which “Jeopardy!” producers have made post-production calls to modify or remove other gestures or visuals that could have been misinterpreted as anything other than innocent actions.
“On more than one occasion, contestants made gestures during their presentations that were deemed undesirable for release and were invited by the production team to take the footage back without the gesture,” the letter said.
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“A few years ago, a competitor unwittingly wagered a monetary amount that used numeric values co-opted by white supremacist groups and, since the total did not affect the outcome of the game,“ Jeopardy! “has digitally altered the figures of the released version. It should have been done in this case,” he added.
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Former attendees of the show have requested that the show issue “a statement and a disclaimer of this week’s two events, and we’d love to see” Jeopardy! “Address Kelly’s behavior.”
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