Alex Trebek came under fire for the question: “Jeopardy!” contestant is her duty as an Army Sergeant was difficult because she was a woman.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was slammed by social media users on Tuesday after he asked a participant if her job as an Army Sergeant was difficult because she was a woman.
Trebek made the comment, while the question for the three participants basic questions about their lives and to introduce the public to the participants. Lisa Beth Davis, a retired Army Master Sergeant, took Trebek the question in stride.
Trebek asked the woman: “That must be very difficult for a woman, because a master sergeant is giving orders most of the time. How was it for you?”
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Davis said she was “quite bossy”, and was the oldest in her family so they knew “how to tell people what to do.”
Trebek replied, “So, you learned how to do it? Good for you,” before moving to the next participant.
Unfortunately for Davis, she came in second and would not be returning for the next episode.
TMZ reported there were 1,265 active female Master Sergeants in the Army.
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Social media users took to Twitter to express their outrage about Trebek the question.
“Alex Trebek is really zero chill,” a social media user wrote.
Alex Trebek really zero chill pic.twitter.com/BWxRbUGdLg
— melissachusetts (@melissachusettz) 20 December 2017
“Um, Alex Trebek just said that it is difficult for a woman to be an Army Master Sergeant, because she was a woman…really?? Why not ask her what she achieved in her position. To do better,” another person tweeted.
um, Alex Trebek just said that it is difficult for a woman to be an Army Master Sergeant, because she was a woman…really?? Why not ask her what she achieved in her position. Do better @Risk.
— Abby Hodges (@abby_hodges13) 20 December 2017
“Alex Trebek:” a sergeant must be difficult for a woman, because you have to give orders.’ That sexism is not even subtle,” another person tweeted.
Alex Trebek: “a master sergeant must be difficult for a woman, because you have to give orders.”
That sexism is not even subtle.
— Mary Faurot (@MaryFaurot) 19 December 2017
Fox News’ request for a response from “Jeopardy!” was not answered directly.