A innocent hashish joke is on the middle of controversy after followers reacted to commentary on a latest Jeopardy! episode. The present is usually the subject of bizarre controversies affecting its older viewership, seemingly invented out of nothing.
Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik already confronted a steep battle to be accepted by followers. As an illustration, Bialik was confronted on social media earlier for wearing the same outfit repeatedly on the present.
Following the 2020 dying of beloved longtime host Alex Trebek, Bialik was chosen to host the sport present and co-host one other model of the present with sequence champ Ken Jennings. Jennings received 74 consecutive episodes of the present—the longest streak the present has ever seen. Almost each present host confronted uphill odds attempting to fill the footwear of Trebek.
Present contestant Bonnie Kistler, who’s a novelist, selected the class “Ripped From The Headlines” for $400 on the Could 24 episode of Jeopardy! broadcast as Season 38 Episode 182.
Contestants have been confronted with the phrase, “Marijuana points despatched to this ‘committee’ usually composed of members of each homes of a legislature.”
Contestant Ryan Lengthy, who’s the present reigning champion of the present, guessed “What’s a bipartisan committee?” however he guessed incorrectly. Lengthy is a Rideshare driver by commerce and received 12 episodes of the present in a row undefeated.
Jeopardy! co-host Bialik mentioned the right query was “What’s a joint committee?”
Bialik added “Get it?” with a snicker, referring to the double that means and drawing some guarded laughter from the group.
Even the slightest allusion to the “satan’s lettuce” is sufficient to stir controversy to the present’s followers, who’re usually older in age. In 2011, Newsweek reported that the show’s median viewer was 65 years old—after the present spent years modernizing. Earlier than then, the median viewer age was 70!
It’s not the primary time the joke about “joint committees” has appeared. In 2015, Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg brought up a legislative item on hashish reform and famous that it might happen in joint committees. Rosenberg mentioned, “That’s actually humorous. I didn’t attempt to be humorous. They’re referred to as joint committees.”
Whereas the joke was nicely acquired by most viewers, some Twitter customers weren’t having it—slamming the present in addition to Bialik, who wasn’t being simply accepted in any case. One Twitter person wrote, “Oh, however received’t the #Jeopardy writers PLEASE consider the youngsters watching, and their delicate ears that have been simply uncovered to a hashish reference?” referring to an oft-cited The Simpsons episode.
Followers already begged Bialik to be “thoughtful of the children” relating to grownup themes. One person responded, noting how alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis. “ignorant jokes like yours don’t assist.”
The late former present host Alex Trebek may toss round a joke or two about hashish as nicely.
When interviewed by Marlon Stowe for The Day by day Beast, Trebek recalled one time he bought wasted on hash edibles, by taking too a lot of them by chance. Everyone knows how that may play out.
“It was by chance! I didn’t know what they have been,” Trebek said. “I had simply arrived in California and went to a buddy’s home for dinner, and there have been brownies. I really like brownies—I’m a chocoholic—and I didn’t notice that they have been hash brownies. And… whoa. That threw me for a loop. I took down a few half-dozen.”
Followers of the present are urged to present Bialik an opportunity as the brand new present host, together with Jennings and every other new hosts.