‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Split Over NBC News Tweet About Champ Mattea Roach

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Some fans have blasted NBC News after the network’s official Twitter account referred to current Jeopardy! champion Mattea Roach by her sexual orientation rather than her name.

Roach, a 23-year-old tutor from Halifax, Nova Scotia, won her 16th game in a row on Tuesday, April 26, taking her total winnings to $368,981. While many viewers have been praising Roach on social media, a poorly worded tweet from NBC News has garnered backlash.

“The 23-year-old lesbian tutor from Toronto has amassed a total of $320,081, the most by a Canadian contestant in ‘Jeopardy!’ history,” the news network tweeted on Monday. The tweet linked to an article detailing Roach’s impressive performance on the long-running game show.

But some fans questioned why the tweet needed to include Roach’s sexual orientation, while others mocked the network for its poor use of grammar.

“Oh ffs. What on earth is a lesbian tutor? You mean she helps people become better lesbians?” tweeted one viewer. “Be better @NBCNews & know that this incredible woman’s sexuality has absolutely no bearing on her amazing @Jeopardy streak & smarts!”

“Amazingly bad Tweet by someone at @NBCNews. Her sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with her success on #Jeopardy,” wrote another watcher. “Crazy. In all the coverage across Canadian media never once was her being a #lesbian mentioned. You made it the lead in to the story, bad grammar too. Ridiculous.”

Emmy-winning news anchor and CBS 8 San Diego alum Barbara-Lee Edwards also commented on the controversial tweet. “What is poorly written, insensitive and just plain insulting?” she wrote, in the format of a Jeopardy question.

University of Calgary researcher Paul Fairie also mocked the wording of the tweet, quipping, “You can get a tutor for anything.”

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However, not everyone agreed with this take, as others felt that NBC News was simply highlighting Roach’s sexuality to honor Lesbian Visibility Week, which is observed from April 25 to May 1.

“We had those for yrs by not recognizing the achievements of marginalized groups,” a fan responded to someone questioning why Roach’s sexuality needed to be mentioned. “We celebrate achievements of each group now because the attitude of your tweet was shared by too many for too long.”

Another viewer noted that the tweet might inspire other members of the LGBTQ+ community, writing, “Other brilliant charming lesbians might want to know.”

“The first word in [Roach’s] Twitter biography is “lesbian”. Clearly she is interested in visibility,” added another commenter. And, as others pointed out, the tweet also mentioned her job and nationality, which people didn’t seem to have a problem with.

Note: This article was updated on April 27 to include a wider range of perspectives.

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