Ethics observations on the unbelievably idiotic Kelly Donohue “Jeopardy” controversy….
If you, like, have a life or don’t live on the web, you may have missed this story, which means you might still live in a place dominated by sane people. I’m almost hesitant to spoil your delusion…
Last week, Kelly Donohue, a 35-year-old state bank examiner from Winthrop, Massachusetts, fulfilled the Nerd’s Dream of appearing appear on “Jeopardy!” Somehow, the silly, naive man still thought there were safe places in the media where one was not at risk of becoming a victim of the vicious, left-wing outrage machine, which nourishes itself on the metaphorical splattered blood of those they destroy, just to demonstrate it can.
Kelly decided to celebrate each of his three wins by making hand gestures to mark them. (Jeez, man…) The gestures after his his first and second wins—you know, one finger, then two fingers?—were deemed acceptible, but when he made the symbol above signifying his third victory, some people set out to destroy his life. A reasonable response, don’t you think? An online letter supposedly signed by more than 500 former “Jeopardy!” contestants—nobody’s checked if they all are— called the symbol “offensive” and a “racist dog whistle.”
“What I can say is that it’s pretty well known that that particular gesture has become associated with white power,” said Emily Kelly, a contestant in 2012 who signed the letter.
Emily is an asshole, but then, they all are, whether they were ever on “Jeopardy” or not.
“He held his thumb and forefinger together with his other three fingers extended and palm facing inward, and he tapped his chest,” they wrote. “This, whether intentional or not, resembled very closely a gesture that has been coopted by white power groups, alt right groups, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters.”
“Whether intentional or not”? “Resembled”? What’s the matter with these creatures? (Yes, they are creatures. Those who deserve the description of “human beings” do not treat other human beings this way.) The grievance mob also had a hissy because Donohue used the word “gypsy” which the Political Correctness High Command has declared yet another taboo word.
They can bite me. You know, in high school, I played “Sandor, the Gypsy Prince” in a production of Victor Herbert’s “The Fortune Teller.” I sang this song…
I am awash with shame. No, I’m not! Victor Herbert wasn’t slurring anyone, and neither was I…and neither was Kelly Donohue. Intent is everything in such matters, and I would be willing to bet that not a single “member of the traditionally itinerant people who originated in northern India and now live chiefly in south and southwest Asia, Europe, and North America” was insulted by what Kelly said. Indeed gypsy is only called a “sometimes offensive” term even by the desperately woke Miriam Webster dictionary ( though I’m sure the politically biased creeps that run that company will change the definition any moment now to help make Kelly even more of a pariah).
Kelly was decidedly not up to the challenge this unexpected development thrust him into. “Many of the great champions of old had a little signature hello they would do on-screen when being introduced by Johnny Gilbert,” he wrote on Facebook. “I decided to count my victories. That’s a 1. That’s a 2. That’s a 3. No more. No less. There wasn’t a hidden agenda or any malice behind it. Had I managed to repeat as champion, you’d have been treated to a 4.” That just attracted more hate, and more attacks. He took down his Facebook page.
Next, he tried groveling, which is always what the mob wants, because to makes them feel powerful. He wrote on that dangerous, hypocritical, democracy-corroding social media platform that I no longer participate in…
I’m truly horrified with what has been posted about me on social media. I absolutely, unequivocally condemn white supremacy and racism of any kind. People who know me personally know that I am not a racist, but for the public at large it bears repeating: I am not a racist and I reject and condemn white supremacy and all forms of bigotry for the evil they are. It’s shameful to me to think anyone would try to use the stage of Jeopardy! to advance or promote such a disgusting agenda. During the taping of my fourth episode, I was simply raising three fingers to mark my 3rd win. There was nothing more I was trying to indicate.
I deeply regret this terrible misunderstanding. I never meant to hurt a soul and I assure you I am no friend of racists or white supremacists.
I removed the previous post because the comments were more than I could bear. I stand by the statement itself and you can find it reported in other media. I did, however, understand the fair criticism that I did not include a forceful condemnation of white supremacy in my initial statement. I hope my feelings on that matter are clear now.
When they make you say, “I am not a racist,” they have won. And as far as they are concerned, you’re still a racist, because they are always right. They are the also very people who want to be able to crush freedom of speech, individual liberties and eliminate such social balm as the benefit of the doubt and the Golden Rule. Kelly is not up to the challenge of fighting these terrible people, because he would rather join them than condemn them, which makes him part of the problem.
Do you really want to live in a nation so intolerant, so eager to attack and destroy, so committed to eternal ideological warfare that a trivia buff who doesn’t pay attention to “dog whistles” can’t go on a TV quiz show without risking his reputation?
So far Kelly hasn’t been fired, but that’s what those “500 former contestants” would love to happen… because he made a gesture “whether intentional or not,” that “resembled” that used by people they don’t like, as well as a word that is “sometimes offensive.”
Well, this is the society, the government and the culture Americans voted for last November. They had better wise up quick.