‘Jeopardy’ Champion Denies Using ‘White Power’ Hand Gesture

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Returning “Jeopardy” champ Kelly Donohue denies that he was using a white power symbol when he appeared on the show this week, but former contestants are calling the gesture a “racist dog whistle” and have demanded an apology. 

Kelly, who amassed $80,000 in prize money from his three-game winning streak, appeared for a fourth time on Tuesday, when he held up three fingers and tapped his chest during his introduction. 

Though in prior episodes, he has made similar gestures holding up one finger, then two, to denote his wins, and “no reasonable person would have interpreted those gestures differently,” former contestants said in an open letter. They decided that the hand gesture he used to represent his three-peat was “not a clear-cut symbol for the number three.”

“He held his thumb and forefinger together with his other three fingers extended and palm facing inward, and he tapped his chest,” the letter, which was signed by more than 400 contestants described. “This, whether intentional or not, resembled very closely a gesture that has been co-opted by white power groups, alt-right groups, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters.”

Kelly responded with a Facebook post that simply read: “That’s a 3. No more. No less,” and the cover photo of his profile displayed legendary singer Frank Sinatra posing with a similar gesture. But the former contestants were not swayed by his explanation.  “Regardless of his stated intent, the gesture is a racist dog whistle,” they wrote.

The group also alleged that in the episode before the incident, Kelly had used the term “gypsy,” in response to a clue, which was considered a racial slur, but noted, “until recently, it was widely used by English speakers.”

The former contestants implored the show to address Kelly’s behavior and a public apology from the champ himself.  “If something has been misconstrued, an apology and a total disavowal of any connection to white supremacist doctrines is called for,” they demanded. “We saw that gesture air on television. We are among the public it affected, and we are a diverse group of people.”

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Scotty
Scotty
13 days ago

Every Jeopardy contestant should make the same gesture. And really piss off liberals!

Andres
Andres
13 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

Every Mexican, like myself, uses that method of motioning 3 to others. It isn’t new, isn’t racist and it is just a bunch of idiots with too much time on their hands, looking to be offended. Grow up.

Junie
Junie
13 days ago
Reply to  Andres

Exactly right. Don’t forget, these people are paid to do these subversive activities. This is part of how they make a living. It is grotesque. They are grotesque.

snert
snert
13 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

make that liberal communists!!!

Deb Pecotte
Deb Pecotte
13 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

I agree. They are just morons trying to cause trouble. They need to find something better to do with their time

Ros Fe
Ros Fe
13 days ago

They are just looking for things to take offence to. What garbage. Get a life!!

Brando
Brando
13 days ago

If a racist dog whistle can only be heard by another racist, why is it that liberals are the only ones who can hear them at all?

Kdub
Kdub
13 days ago
Reply to  Brando

Bingo Brando……you just answered your own question!

Junie
Junie
13 days ago
Reply to  Brando

Go to any government employee lunch room and you will see one table this color, one table that color, and the color that mixes it up are the white people.

Zundfolge
Zundfolge
13 days ago

Oh for the love of Pete. Anyone that genuinely believes all these various hand gestures are “racist dog whistles” should be adjudicated mentally incompetent by a judge and assigned a legal guardian because they’re clearly retarded.

Barb
13 days ago
Reply to  Zundfolge

Amen! Sick of this snowflake liberal crap!

Kdub
Kdub
13 days ago
Reply to  Zundfolge

LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!

Another great observation and point!

Junie
Junie
13 days ago
Reply to  Zundfolge

These are tactics. (Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’.) Most people give in to get along with aggressive folks (radicals), but I think we’re past the tipping point. COVID pissed too many people off and so the tide is turning, again.

Mary
13 days ago

Never heard of such nonsens.The liptards have nothing else to do.They are probably just jealous.

lionel s ducote
lionel s ducote
13 days ago

To bad a black guy didn’t win or even be on the show? That could have gotten us a “Black Power” sign but they didn’t make the cut!

Falcon
Falcon
13 days ago

You can’t fix stupid

Marteremal
Marteremal
13 days ago

obiden, king of the libturds, is creating an idiocracy, wrapped in a kleptocracy (togdiadd)

Anthony Caputo
Anthony Caputo
13 days ago

What does a racist symbol look like? Educate me because this sounds outright stupid!

Barb
13 days ago

Cant we just ignore all these snowflake idiots who think everything is racist? How long can we live with this constant criticism from liberal know- nothing fools?

Karen R Sheerin
Karen R Sheerin
13 days ago

The best response to these rediculous claims is:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

John P
John P
13 days ago

Some folks are just too overly sensitive as to meanings of hand expressions. Hell I grew up in NYC & hand gestures was how we talked to each other.

Jeff Adickes
13 days ago

Don’t you idiots have anything better to focus on besides making everything racist these days! So sad and absurd. Most people like myself do not look at life with a racial focus!

Mark
Mark
13 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Adickes

I’d Kill myself if I woke up each day just to look for something to complain about as these morons do.

Kdub
Kdub
12 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Adickes

You are right Jeff….most people do not! However, notice that the ones doing the most whining about racism are Libtards of course…the true racists….

Antiwoke
Antiwoke
13 days ago

Another load of manure spread by the cancel culture and the woke crowd. He should not apologize and should display a one finger response on his next win. His middle finger.

John Hiltzheimer
John Hiltzheimer
11 days ago
Reply to  Antiwoke

AMEN to THAT!!

Hugh G. Rection
Hugh G. Rection
13 days ago

People offended by imaginary hand signals should kill themelves.

Mark
Mark
13 days ago

since when is 2 fingers a White anything sign ????? the Fist in the AIR from the BLM is one Major RACIST sign and they don’t get chastised for that.

Sick_and_Tired
Sick_and_Tired
13 days ago

There’s another show I will neither watch nor record any longer. Bye Bye Alex. Bye, Bye Jeopardy…

Linda Campbell
Linda Campbell
13 days ago
Reply to  Sick_and_Tired

Alex passed away!

Kdub
Kdub
12 days ago
Reply to  Sick_and_Tired

Jeopardy died when Alex Trabeck did

DawnPatriot
DawnPatriot
13 days ago

This is so freakin ridiculous. It is obvious if he previously tapped his chest once and twice for each previous win that this was a continuation of the same. People really need to get a freakin grip. Holy crap

TruSkeptik
TruSkeptik
13 days ago

Poor guy should have flashed the Black Power sign or some gang sign. He’d be mayor by now.

thoicalwhiteguy
thoicalwhiteguy
13 days ago

Any moron who is that easily triggered, shouldn’t be allowed to vote. It’s idiots like these (as well as the CCP and Dominion) that foisted that demented criminal China Joe Biteme on all of us.

Patricia Burke
Patricia Burke
13 days ago

Why, oh why, is everything today so political?! It is a national embarrassment that we have to watch so closely everything we say and do because someone somewhere will find a reason to be offended. Just TAKE A DEEP BREATH and stop making every word uttered or motion displayed a person affront.

blondie
blondie
13 days ago
Reply to  Patricia Burke

Please, just continue to live your life the way you have always lived it & refuse to even give any response to these fools. I,m naturally 5 ft 9 in & I’m a racist for sure because of this. Ha Ha Ha Ha! Take another vaccine or 2 & things will certainly clear your mind. Government Vaccine Zombies<<<<<<<

Elaine
Elaine
13 days ago

Ohhh my god. Everyone now has such thin skin. Everything bothers everyone. Grow up.

Sharon Ramsay
Sharon Ramsay
13 days ago

What about Cher she called Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves?

TERRY
TERRY
13 days ago

If it is a “racist dog whistle” then those that recognized it as such must be “racist dogs”

J W
J W
13 days ago

It shows just how stupid and idiotic these “[email protected]@ls are. They are the ones who are racist and need to be wet nursed just like the babies they are. Actually they use more racist symbolism in their demonstrations and actually think that they are perfect, HA! HA! HA! The Italians have a symbol that is very emphatic as where to go, and I suppose they consider that racist also.

Guest
Guest
13 days ago

Really!!! Everything whites do is racist!!! People need to grow a pair and stop accusing everyone of hate!!! Stop screaming racist every time you don’t get what you want! It’s like a car alarm that goes off all of the time, people just stop listening. When something racist does occur, people just turn away because it’s old!!! The boy that cried Wolf

John H
John H
11 days ago
Reply to  Guest

Like the Boy who cried WOLF ???!!

Kdub
Kdub
13 days ago

How absurd are things getting…..he should tell them to kiss where the sun doesn’t shine! and better yet, tell them to get something on their minds other than racism, white supremacy, and all the other jacked up nonsense that idiots like the contestants seem to be wanting to promote. People seem to want to promote a racism narrative about everything….

People are just looking for things to complain about and keep something stirred up…against white people…..I never pay attention to someone’s skin color….until it has been shoved down my throat. Are they subliminally trying to persuade people to be racists??? So they have something to complain about on a regular basis? (As if they don’t already….) Whew!!! By the way…as they are pointing at others as racists with one finger, they actually have 3 pointed back at themselves….

Mac
Mac
13 days ago

Ya know ppl do we have to ask you what hand we need to use to unzip our fly’s?
Give me a freakin break. Get a real life and worry about yourselves. Stupid woke idiots

Donald Willett
Donald Willett
13 days ago

No apologies to a diverse group of woke, racist idiots.

Joan Freda
Joan Freda
13 days ago

I have another hand signal for those liberal fools. It involves a closed fist with only the middle finger extended. It is otherwise know as digital communication.

Gray Fox
Gray Fox
13 days ago

Who in Hell Cares? I just made the same sign and will continue to do so, I am not racist. If you think it is racist then you have a serious problem.

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
13 days ago

Every white person who demonstrates outstanding capabilities will be beaten down because Excelling While White (EWW) is the real crime.

BrewDubbs
13 days ago

if you smile at anyone for more than 1.3256890 seconds, that’s racist…. but, only if you are “white”…. if you chew your food more than 2.16873 seconds, you are showing your white privilege.

If you breathe deeply and let out a sigh, you are a racist…if your lips turn blue when you are extremely cold.

Anyone who uses the color of one’s skin to separate people into “races” is a racist. And that is a fact. We are of the human race… at least previous to DNA changing vaccinations….

BrewDubbs
13 days ago

anyone watch baseball anymore? or even football? it is the sign for 3 that many officials use. I don’t think the officials training guide says what they have to use…. yet….

Lawrence Mitchell
Lawrence Mitchell
13 days ago

I am triggered by human beings who consider every gesture a racist dog whistle. You morons need to get a life.

Shadow
Shadow
13 days ago

These complainers are not stupid, even though it seems so. They are evil and seek to undermine our entire way of life. They are succeeding. Don’t let them.

Junie
Junie
13 days ago

They’re not going to stop until they’re made to stop. Who has the time and energy to make all these ridiculous claims! They do. And they are paid (make a living) to cause these problems. It is death by a thousand cuts with these radical Left wackos. Time to put them on mute!

snert
snert
13 days ago

cancelling jeopardy!!!

Richard Faith
Richard Faith
13 days ago

When snowflakes rule, it’s time to break out the flamethrowers!!
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Richard William Faith
central Florida

Pamela J. Bjerke
Pamela J. Bjerke
13 days ago

Wait, so one finger can have more than one meaning, and two fingers could also have more than one meaning because after all, and according to the left nut jobs, three fingers have more than one meaning. They need to get over themselves. Not everything is about you and your twisted views.

Anti communism
Anti communism
13 days ago

It’s ok for them to give the black power fist gesture which is totally racist. Looks like a one sided call for an apology, I guess I’m behind times as I did not know there is a white power sign.

Rodzzz
Rodzzz
13 days ago

Hey you liberal good-for-nothing communists…… I’m making the gesture right now.

Anti communism
Anti communism
13 days ago

It’s not a good idea if you want to create unity among different races to constantly beat the other guy over the head with nonsense and calling them disparaging words for all it does is create more hate and distrust. Of course the marxist believe that as long as you can create division then you can take over. It like getting 2 dogs fighting over a bone then it easy to steal the bone

Last edited 13 days ago by Anti communism
Diego
Diego
12 days ago

Liberals are so filled with hate, they have to release their hatred somehow. Even if it means a totally false accusation! You don’t believe me? Listen to the fraud national new whenever they talk about Donald Trump! Pure hatred!

steve
steve
12 days ago

good phukkin’ greif!!! sik o tha Pansy Nancy bois and Nannie Karens!!!

D. M Whiteside
D. M Whiteside
12 days ago

I think that the mindset of those making this accusation of “racism” allows anything done by anyone with whom they disagree to be interpreted as racist if they think that they can make political hay out of it.

bill knight
bill knight
12 days ago

Since he flashed one finger after one win, two fingers after two wins, and three fingers after the third win, I feel the folk who are so upset at the “obvious White Supremacy sign need to get a firm grip on their shoulders with both hands, jerk real hard, and hopefully pull their head out of their ass! If you have to work this hard in your Butt-Hurt self-Righteous Quast anger, you need to get a real life and worry about your own place in this world and leave others the Hell alone!

Carole P Burley
Carole P Burley
10 days ago

Get a life! Sounds like McCarthyism.