What is an unfortunate choice of words?
NBC News is generating an online backlash after a now-viral article they wrote about the storied Jeopardy! Champ Mattea Roach.
Roach, 23, was on a winning streak on the classic game show, emerging Wednesday as the winner of 17 consecutive games for a grand prize totaling $396,182.
ABC shared a tweet Monday promoting their article on Roach’s win, writing, “The 23-year-old Toronto lesbian tutor has amassed a total of $320,081, most of it from a Canadian contestant in ‘Jeopardy!’ Story.”
The phrasing sparked some angry reactions from fans for specifically pointing out that Roach is part of the LGBTQ+ community. “Is your sexual orientation really relevant here?” asked.
“Try this: Congratulations to Mattea Roach, Canadian Tutor, on her cumulative total of $320,081, the highest by a Canadian contestant in ‘Jeopardy!’ amount won. story”, a person interfered.
Another wrote: “And somehow in all the coverage of Mattea here in Canada, not once has her sexuality been mentioned…because it had nothing to do with her success on ‘Jeopardy!’ has to do. ”
“I will so enjoy the day when posts that highlight a person’s sexuality are a thing of the past. What the hell does that have to do with the show or her job? Mattea is doing great and doing her hometown and country proud! Let’s leave it at that,” said one user called.
An unimpressed viewer recommended“Do better. Please. Were Ken Jennings or James Holzhauer described as straight candidates????”
As of now, NBC News has not addressed the backlash tweet, which is still being posted on its Twitter account as of Thursday morning.
The Canadian native made history in the Jeopardy! tournament when she celebrated her 14th win on Friday, April 22nd. Record books by being eighth on the list of consecutive games of all time and 10th on the list of highest non-tournament cashes of all time.
“This has been such a crazy season of streaks and I’ve been thinking all about Amy [Schneider] could still be here,” Roach said in a statement, referring to the 43-year-old former champion, who made history in January by winning her 39th game and becoming No. 2 on the all-time consecutive wins list.
“If it’s not Amy, there’s going to be another super champ that’s just going to beat me out of Game 1,” she continued. “I think what I didn’t realize is that maybe I could become the super champion that I wanted to see in the world.”