Jeopardy made "stay woke" a question category

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The internet is hating on Jeopardy’s use of ‘stay woke’



Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Jul 1, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:10 am CDT

Somebody please throw “woke” the wake it properly deserves. After Alex Trebek and the Jeopardy crew dropped the phrase “stay woke” as a question category, the term is officially dead.

During Friday’s episode of Jeopardy, contestants had a chance to earn up to $1,000 on the show by answering questions from the category “stay woke,” which surely grabbed the internet’s attention.

While some viewers took the category in stride, implying that it was a move on Jeopardy’s part of embracing black culture and using a game show to further political discourse, others were less than enthused. “Woke” had made it to daytime TV, the stuff grandma watches before turning in for bed. Nope. “Woke” was dead.

Even worse—the category had absolutely nothing to do with staying aware and informed. Instead, it asked contestants questions related to sleep and literally staying awake. Way to kill the excitement, Trebek.

Shout out to the production assistant who thought of this one. Maybe next time try making sure the questions might have something to do with social justice, too.

H/T Complex

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*First Published: Jul 1, 2017, 4:48 pm CDT