Alex Trebek is under fire on Twitter for making a sexist comment to a 'Jeopardy!' contestant.


Alex Trebek grilled for misogynistic comment during ‘Jeopardy!’

He implied women can't be leaders.


Ana Valens


Posted on Dec 21, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 7:15 am CDT

Just in case you thought 2017 couldn’t possibly get any worseAlex Trebek is now in trouble with the internet. During an opening segment for Jeopardy!, Trebek asked a question to a former female Army master sergeant that’s been deemed sexist.

While introducing contestant Lisa Beth Davis to the audience, Trebek brought up her military service. And particularly, he argued that it must be difficult for a woman to serve as an Army master sergeant because master sergeants have to give orders.

“That must be really tough for a woman because a master sergeant is giving orders most of the time,” Trebek said during the Jeopardy! introduction. “How was it for you?”

“I’m pretty bossy,” Davis replied. “I’m the oldest, so I know how to tell people what to do.”

Trebek’s comments might not sound sexist at first, almost as if he’s acknowledging the fact that female socialization prevents men from taking women leaders seriously. But it seems Trebek is making another point: That women inherently struggle in leadership roles because they can’t give out orders, and that she inherently had to learn how to become a leader through practice.

And that point is pretty misogynistic. It assumes most women live passive lives and largely defer to men for leadership. Suffice to say, Twitter users are upset with Trebek, pointing out that Jeopardy! has some hard work to do in treating its female contestants a bit more respectfully.

And some tweets just aren’t aging well in light of the controversy.

Sorry Ken Jennings, but that photo is not making up 2017 for most women.

This isn’t the first time the iconic Jeopardy! host found himself in hot water over his views on women. Trebek was previously criticized for some incredibly sexist answers under a category called “What Women Want,” which included things like “a vacuum cleaner.” And Salon reports that back in 2010, Trebek argued women don’t play Jeopardy! very well because they focus too much on their family’s money.

Trebek may be a lovable host, but when it comes to women, he’s not exactly a feminist.

H/T Page Six

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2017, 9:55 am CST