The most winningest Jeopardy! contestant ever is too stupid to remove a highly offensive tweet from four years ago.
Ken Jennings is an American man who won 74 episodes of Jeopardy! in a row in 2004, the longest winning streak in the history of the game show and enough to earn him a cool $2.5M in prizes. But Jennings’ name is trending now, in 2018, and it’s not because he’s done something really smart again, it’s because he’s done something really idiotic, and, for whatever reason, refuses to undo it.
Jennings is being accused of discriminating against people with disabilities in a tweet he sent in 2014 and has refused to delete (or apologize for), despite the fact that it and its responders have gone viral. Here’s the tweet. Prepare to suppress your ire:
Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014
A blatantly ableist message like this would hardly be surprising coming from the Twitter account of other well-known trolls, like, say, gee, I dunno, the President of the United States! But from the account of a well-known trivia genius? You’d think he’d know better.
The offensive message did garner some negative press and clapbacks on Twitter in 2014 when it was first sent.
— Jana Monji (@janamonji) September 23, 2014
— Joshua Cassidy (@JoshCassidy84) September 25, 2014
@KenJennings Tell me your account’s been hacked, because the alternative is that you thought it was a good idea to say that on the Internet.
— Kate Horowitz (@delight_monger) September 22, 2014
But the tweet, which remains published on Jennings’ account, has reentered the public sphere of attention and is gathering steam once more, this time with the hashtag #hotpersoninawheelchair providing momentum in the right direction.
— kayla (@_lovelanaee) April 22, 2018
— Mahkyla Lynn (@Nebulas_End) April 22, 2018
— Marina Carlos (@MarinaCpom) April 22, 2018
— Four Wheels ♿ (@4WheelWorkOut) April 22, 2018
omg, #HotPersonInAWheelchair is happening because @KenJennings refused to apologize for a terrible tweet he made in 2014. lotta hot humans in their accessible devices under that tag. proud to be one. it’s pathetic he won’t acknowledge his behavior – STILL.
— ace ratcliff ♿ (@MortuaryReport) April 22, 2018
— Lizzie Kiama (@lizziekiama) April 22, 2018
— aaron (@aaronphilipxo) April 22, 2018
Apparently there’s nothing sadder than a hot person on a wheelchair. I’d say there’s nothing more aggravating than the #ableist BS so many feel comfortable sprouting.
— Michelle Roger (@RustyHoe) April 22, 2018
There was a time when the world thought Ken Jennings had all the answers. Now everybody simply wants to know his response to one Final Jeopardy question he’s had four years to think about: dude, why?