‘Jeopardy!’ clue comes under fire

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

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.