‘Jeopardy!’ remains a classic game show that remains loved by fans all over. While the intriguing game consisting of clues continue to entertain fans, it seems a recent clue has caused an outrage among fans.
Many fans took to Twitter on Tuesday and complained about a medical disorder that was referred to as “Grinch syndrome,” a term considered highly offensive by those in the autonomic nervous system disorder community. Many fans considered the term “shameful,” “misogynistic” and just medically “inaccurate.”
The show’s main Twitter handle and apologized for the offensive clue that angered many fans all over the country. They stated that they used an outdated and inaccurate term for the disorder.
Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize
Guest host Savannah Guthrie read the controversial clue on Monday’s episode: “Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is also known as Grinch syndrome because this organ is too small.” The correct answer was the heart — however, “in most patients with POTS, the structure of the heart itself is normal,” as stated by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dysautonomia International, which is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of autonomic nervous system disorders, also put the game show on blast for the offensive term.
Hey @Jeopardy no one with any credibility calls POTS “Grinch Syndrome.” Promoting outdated misogynistic terms to describe a debilitating autonomic nervous system disorder that impacts millions of Americans is not cool. We request an apology on behalf of our community. Do better.
his appeared on Jeopardy tonight. Grinch syndrome is an offensive term. Can you imagine Jeopardy making light of cancer or MS patients with a “funny” name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable. We’d love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system
We certainly hope the show does not repeat the same error they did here and get more negative press for their blunder.