February 13, 2016

"Appearing on America's favorite quiz show—the show so staid and reliable that John Oliver quipped at last year's Emmys that it might just be the most permanent fixture on earth..."

"... can make female contestants feel that they are running a sexualized gauntlet of unwelcome tweets, emails, and Facebook messages replete with explicit sexual material. I know, because I was one of them."
When I taped the show in August, I knew I'd bombed and tried to salvage it with a joke. I wasn't prepared for that joke—a reference to "Turd Ferguson" from the old Saturday Night Live Celebrity Jeopardy! Sketches—to go viral when the show aired in September. Twitter chatter during the game led to an article on Uproxx, then more and more elsewhere, and a YouTube video whose views ballooned into the millions in the following days. The experience of going viral is brief but intense. It had the peculiar urgency of a dream—especially when I started reading the comments....

17 comments:

coupe said...
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coupe said...

Just to see what else that web site had for a killer opening title. I mean how can you top "Big tits for 600"??

Then I find: "How the Nazis Annihilated a Jewish Businessman's Condom Empire" by Amelia Dimoldenberg.

God, there goes another wash my brain moment...

Hagar said...

Do not post on "social media"?
At least do not give out any personal information, starting with your name?

William said...

This is a subset of human sexuality that I wasn't even aware of until now. Who knew that there were men whose sexual orientation was towards busty Jeopardy contestants? I've heard that there are people who like to dress up as stuffed animals before having sex. This doesn't top that, but it's, nonetheless, pretty weird.

jr565 said...

don't complain about social media if you want to use social media. Since when can you control what other people will say in response to one of your posts. All you can really do is not use social media, or block people who act like trolls.
If you're getting a lot of hostility and/or unwanted sexual advances, welcome to the internet. This is what it is.

Robert Cook said...

William,

It's not that their "sexual orientation (is) towards busty Jeopardy contestants." It's that they feel it is their prerogative--granted them by their anonymity, coupled with their capability via technology to speak to the entire world--to make crude sexual comments and descriptions of their sexual fantasies--about and to any women who fall within their sight via mass or social media. One doubts most of these men would feel so emboldened if they were face to face with these women, so they're simply taking out their own childish and pathetic failings against these women. It really shows their deep-seated terror of women.

rhhardin said...

Victims for $600.

jr565 said...

The funny thing is, because they posted how all these lewd guys posted about how htey wanted to get their hands on these womens mammary glands I had to take a look and see how good those mammary glands actually are.
And, I looked at all three women. Not one is a woman you'd expect to have men ask them to show their tits. Because they aren't attractive. Maybe one in three is mildly attractive at best. But I was expecting models with huge mammary glands.

If they hadn't won on Jeapordy no guy is harrasing them on the street asking them to show ther tits. And if its happening on the internet, it just points out to how much of a cess pool the internet is. As Robert cook says, its the anonymity of people on the interent that allows them the freedom to say offensive things to people. I dont think they even mean it. They are trying to troll them.
Luckily, Facebook has an easy remedy. Just increase the security on your account. Dont let just anybody post on it.

coupe said...

I wondered if Amelia Dimoldenberg really existed, so I did an image search. Yep, people really named their poor child Amelia. Here's a picture of her with her friends

I can see where condoms would be important to her. Especially the African with the cunnilingus face is so cool, and with a white woman too!

My life is so boring, I wish I had a MySpace account...

FullMoon said...

coupe said... [hush]​[hide comment]

I wondered if Amelia Dimoldenberg really existed, so I did an image search. Yep, people really named their poor child Amelia. Here's a picture of her with her friends..

Someone 'shopped her pic in. C'mon, Coupe, was it you?

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

This article sounds like a Victim-Brag to me. Is there such a thing as Victim-Brag?

gadfly said...

@coupe said
My life is so boring, I wish I had a MySpace account...

Your wish is about to be honored. Time, Inc. just bought Myspace (note new spelling) from Viant (and Justin Timberlake) for an undetermined amount - but Timberlake paid $35 million in 2005 for the company once worth $12 billion that could have purchased Facebook.

MadisonMan said...

The question should always be: Why do you care what other people think?

n.n said...

Is it sexist if a female chauvinist, transgender/homosexual, or transgender/crossover reduces a natural/female to an object of taxation/leverage, reproduction, or a fetish, respectively?

jaed said...

especially when I started reading the comments....

That was her mistake. Never read the comments, particularly on YouTube.

Jon said...

Yep, people really named their poor child Amelia.

I named my first daughter Amelia (for Earhart), because I wanted her to have something to aspire to. Silly me.

coupe said...
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