‘Jeopardy!’ clue comes under fire
After tons of positive publicity surrounding its “The Greatest of All Time” tournament, quiz show “Jeopardy!” found itself in the hot seat after a controversial clue aired.
- The clue appeared during the syndicated version of “Jeopardy!” — not the ABC “GOAT” tournament.
- Under the “Where’s that Church?” category, the $200 clue read: “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.”
- Contestant Katie Needle responded first with “What is Palestine?” but was ruled incorrect.
- Next, Jack McGuire rang in and said “What is Israel?” — which the show ruled as correct.
However, the subject of the clue is built in a part of the world where geography and political turmoil don’t play nice.
- The church in the clue was built over the location where Christians believe Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
- Bethlehem is a city in the Palestinian territories.
- However, Israel controls the territories using military checkpoints and settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
- Palestinians in particular took offense to the clue — since it essentially “gave” Israel possession of land that is, at least geographically, inside of Palestinian territories.