On Friday’s episode of “Jeopardy!”, many fans were upset with the way a clue seemed to downplay Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
What Did The ‘Jeopardy!’ Clue Say?
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During Friday’s episode, host Ken Jennings read off the $800 dollar clue in the category of “Bordering Russia,” saying, “The Kerch Strait – along with serious border issues – separates Russia from this country on the Black Sea.”
The 1.9-mile strait separates Russia from Ukraine along its northern border and Crimea along its western border. Russia previously annexed Crimea in 2014 and built a bridge across the strait to connect the two in 2018.
A disclaimer for the clue appeared on screen, saying “Recorded Jan. 11, 2022,” which was more than a month before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country on February 24.
‘Jeopardy!’ Attempts To Do Damage Control
Please note the clue in today’s show concerning Russia and Ukraine was recorded on Jan. 11, 2022.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 4, 2022
On Friday evening, “Jeopardy!” tweeted a message, saying, “Please note the clue in today’s show concerning Russia and Ukraine was recorded on Jan. 11, 2022.”
However, many people complained that they were getting a re-run in certain areas, which prompted some to question whether or not they had pulled the episode completely in certain areas.
Although some people thought it was a case of bad timing, other people defended the “Jeopardy!” team.
“There is nothing offensive about the question. It’s just a fact,” one user commented. “It’s sad that it has come to this, and people have to apologize for mentioning Russia or Ukraine in a non-war related context. Don’t forget a lot of Russian citizens are against this as wel (sic), the problem is Putin.”
“It’s a completely anodyne clue, it just happens to involve Russia & Ukraine, and I assume the Jeopardy producers wanted viewers to know this was pre-taped and not using the war as a jumping-off point for some trivia,” another noted.
“Nothing offensive was said or written. No need for any form of clarification or explanation,” another wrote. “Side note: I miss Mr. Alex.”
“Not offensive, the clue was just outdated,” said another.
Fans Take To Twitter To Share Their Reactions
today’s Jeopardy needed to add a small disclaimer in a clue about Ukraine (from the category “Bordering Russia”) pic.twitter.com/pDk8Hzba0l
— Mark (@tole_cover) March 4, 2022
— 💙💛Dean-a (NOT De-an-a) 🌊🍎 (@stayingsingle1) March 5, 2022
Tonight on Jeopardy! The question is “What is Ukraine?” As the “answer” was read, a graphic appeared on the upper left corner of the screen, noting the date they recorded the show. pic.twitter.com/PEujwQtKqh
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 5, 2022
Since the clue in question has now aired everywhere (except apparently Cleveland!?) – big ups to @Jeopardy for stating that they stand with Ukraine! The Kerch Strait separates Russia from specifically Crimea – as such, the way tonight’s clue was worded, Crimea is part of Ukraine. https://t.co/2Rmd4EYnVp pic.twitter.com/UGS78Zf9Rx
— Josh 🐯 Hill (@joshtigerhill) March 5, 2022
‘So Don’t Come With The Guillotine For Our Heads’
Ukraine/Russia question tonight on Jeopardy and they had to put a tag on the screen to make sure people knew the show was taped seven weeks ago so don’t come with the guillotine for our heads pic.twitter.com/ntRPHNu2je
— Michael (@mikeVSphilly) March 5, 2022
Tonight’s @Jeopardy category on “bordering Russia” includes an added “recorded on” date disclaimer I’ve never seen before. For obvious reasons. Correct response: “What is Ukraine?” pic.twitter.com/AXjQdZ16jw
— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) March 5, 2022
Tonight’s @Jeopardy had a category called “Bordering Russia.”
When the answer was Ukraine, they smartly put up a graphic saying “recorded January 11th” pic.twitter.com/e6HkueCI1a
— JKinATL ☮️♻️🌎🏈🌳 (@JKarronATL) March 5, 2022
— Manny Alicandro (@Manny_Alicandro) March 5, 2022
Question on @Jeopardy tonight about countries bordering Russia included one about Ukraine. A heading noted the episode was recorded on January 11th, before Russia’s brutal invasion began. #IStandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/KveuKsY7uS
— Laurel Standley, author 🌏🌻 (@StandleyLaurel) March 5, 2022
Friday Was A Great Episode For Margaret!
Don’t challenge Margaret’s refrigerator Tetris abilities. 😂 pic.twitter.com/dxOP2t3Rx1
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 4, 2022
For those who missed the episode, Margaret returned to defend her three-day total of $58,200 dollars against Adrian, a software developer, and Caitlin, a university marketing manager.
The first round contained categories such as “Sams Club,” “History,” “Now We Are Six,” and “The Elements Of Literature.” At the end of the first round, Margaret had $7,200, Caitlin had $3,600, and Adrian had $2,200.
The second round contained categories such as “Bordering Russia,” “Pop Culture Pairs,” “Signs & Symbols,” and “Unusual Words.” After the second round, Margaret had made it a runaway game with $24,000 dollars. Caitlin had $5,600 and Adrian had $4,600 dollars.
The Final Jeopardy! category was “Literary Characters.” The clue read: “Dostoyevsky wrote that this title man in an earlier European novel is ‘beautiful only because he is ridiculous.'”
No one was able to come up with a correct answer of “Who is Don Quixote?” Margaret lost only $2,500 dollars to win $21,500 dollars for a four-day total of $79,700 dollars. Fans are eager to see if she’ll win for a fifth day on Monday!