I've been a fan of Jeopardy since I was a teenager, and in recent years I've been watching it almost every night. I really appreciate that there are still shows that encourage and reward learning and intellectual curiosity. I don't think I'd do too well on the show if I ever had the chance, but it's fun to watch the show and see how many questions I can get right.
And it's such a shame to see one of the shows most associated with intelligence lean fully into gender woo over the past year.
Last week they began the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, where Ken Jennings proudly introduced contestant Rowan Ward (formerly Nicolle Neulist) as the show's first openly non-binary contestant. Rowan is a woman who changed her name, and Ken referred to her as a "they" repeatedly.
A couple of days ago they had an exhibition match of the three contestants with very long winning streaks this season - Matt Amodio, Mr. Amy Schneider, and Mattea Roach.
Amy, a man, is recognized as the most successful female contestant in Jeopardy history.
Mattea, the actual most successful female contest, has recently stopped identifying as a woman. Ken referred to her as "they" a couple of times. Despite having 23 wins to Matt's 38 and Amy's 40, Mattea defeated them both in the exhibition. (All three players weren't taking it too seriously, making a lot of wrong guesses when they weren't sure, since no real money was at risk.)
It's just an embarrassment for Jeopardy to have the host refer to a man as "she" and a woman as "they" repeatedly through the game. I never thought I'd see the day when it embraced a misogynist science-denying false ideology like this.