Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Jeopardy! contestants are being sexually harassed online

When Talia Lavin appeared on Jeopardy! in 2015, she decided to have some fun with what she knew was a losing game. For her Final Jeopardy! response, therefore, she decided to reference “Turd Ferguson,” an alias Burt Reynolds (as played by Norm MacDonald) had used on SNL‘s “Celebrity Jeopardy!” sketches. The moment went viral online and generated a slew of lighthearted articles. Lavin was temporarily thrilled by the attention. Then the internet comments started pouring in, mostly from men describing Lavin’s body in explicit sexual detail. Lavin writes about her experience and the experiences of other candidates in a piece at Broadly. Titled, with characteristic candor, “Big Tits For 600: The Ugly, Sexist Aftermath Of Appearing On Jeopardy!” Lavin found that her ordeal was far from unique. Women who had appeared on the “staid” and “wholesome” quiz show were receiving unwanted Facebook requests, lewd emails, and alternately lustful …

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