These Are the Best Responses to Ken Jennings' Offensive Tweet About Disability
Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014
Jennings, best known for his 74-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!,” has not removed or addressed the tweet, despite outcry from his followers. Many people have rightfully pointed out the offensiveness and ignorance of the statement.
Here are a few examples of Twitter responses:
@KenJennings I just…how can you even think this is ok to say? I can’t even express how many levels this can be hurtful on. Goodbye.
— Jordan Goldstein (@thetabyte) September 22, 2014
@KenJennings Wow. There are so many awful things about that sentence I don’t even know where to start. Maybe rethink this one.
— harmony (@fonticulus) September 22, 2014
@KenJennings Really? Like being in a wheelchair makes them less appealing? Please think before spouting ableist nonsense.
— Jess Banks (@ProfBanks) September 22, 2014
A few have also found funny and creative ways to show Jennings they disagree with his opinion. Check out some of our favorites:
You mean I have no chance with #KenJennings ??!! Now I AM a sad hot person in a wheelchair.
@KenJennings calm down, Kanye
— Joey__T (@joey__t) September 22, 2014
Speaking as a hot person in a wheelchair, I’m glad I make @KenJennings sad.
— Ally Craig (@mr_craig) September 23, 2014
— Billy Anderson (@BillyAndersonYo) September 23, 2014
@KenJennings Nothings sadder than a smart person giving in to stupidity.
— Ira Kates (@IraKates) September 22, 2014
I’ll take “Things you shouldn’t tweet” for $1000, Alex. RT @KenJennings: Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.
— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) September 23, 2014
Jokes aside, we hope Jennings realizes the gravity of his tweet and makes a formal apology.