The game show “Jeopardy!” provoked liberals by using a category called “Stay Woke,” on Friday.
Liberals watching the show were responded with approval and even joy upon seeing the category, presumably thinking that a round of questions would follow to promote their political ideology. Some even felt compelled to comment immediately on twitter:
“Stay woke” is an actual category on jeopardy my life is so complete right now
— Juliana (@JulianaHennessy) July 1, 2017
Jeopardy really has a “Stay Woke” category today 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/xIMDMpOtUh
— Eric Kotchi (@ekotchi) June 30, 2017
Yet they were soon disappointed and even angered to discover that the title was actually a play on words, typical of the show. Questions about sleep and wakefulness followed, such as: “This substance many use to stay awake can lead to tremors & anxiety at 500 mg/day; the average American consumes 300.”
Feminist website The Mary Sue wrote a detailed article condemning Jeopardy for the pun. “We all know Jeopardy is going to go for a pun where it sees one, but perhaps ideologies centered around fighting racism and other social injustices shouldn’t be their target,” wrote Vivian Kane. “As is, the show’s take on wokeness is anything but.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The term “woke” arose to public prominence during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2015, when its proponents would encourage others to “stay woke” to the “realities” of living under a system of “white supremacy.” The definition of “woke” was even recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary, following years of use.
Given its status in the lexicon, it’s no surprise that some progressives would be under the mistaken belief that the long-running game show would be using the term exactly as they (the progressives) do.