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Jeopardy Explores Gay Vernacular And Throws This, “Like A Big Elm Tree Might Do”

"Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational  Tournament Show TapingThings got totally out of control on an episode of Jeopardy this week (or was it a televised drag ball?) when show host Alex Trebek started speaking in tongues usually reserved for drag queens and their admirers.

The ancient early-evening game show is usually a pretty tame, safe space for people who don’t necessarily speak in modern gay vernacular. Its acknowledgement of the term “shade” is surely a sign of impending doom.

“One term for talking trash about someone is ‘throwing’ this, like a big elm tree might do,” Alex asks.

“What is shade?” responds a white teenage girl named Kat.

The end is near.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Jul 23, 2014
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  • 13 Comments
    • JennyFromdabloc
      JennyFromdabloc

      This made my day

      Jul 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B
      Geoff B

      Well done Kat! That should have been a Daily Double.

      Jul 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis
      tardis

      I have no idea what “shade” stands for. Fill me in, what does shade imply?

      Jul 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NoCagada
      NoCagada

      @tardis: I know what it means and I still don’t know what this article was about or why it exists.

      Jul 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover
      Ben Dover

      Technically it should be, “What is shade? – BITCH!”

      Jul 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover
      Ben Dover

      It figures this was the Teen Tournament. I can’t imagine Ken Jennings or Arthur Chu getting this one right! Maybe Brad Rutter.

      Jul 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lcandela123
      lcandela123

      I count Alex as a gay ally. Jeopardy has many excellent questions that tip their hat to gay culture. I was amazed one day when a question alluded to David Sedaris’ modern classic, “Me speak pretty one day”.

      Jul 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • asa1973
      asa1973

      Alright – I know I’m about to start a firestorm – but “throwing shade” was a concept and term used by the black community (especially black woman) long before the gay community picked it up. But whatever, I’m so used to this…

      Jul 24, 2014 at 6:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • IvanPH
      IvanPH

      So happy about this. I’m a huge fan of Jeopardy and i never fail to watch it every night.

      Jul 24, 2014 at 7:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      Someone telling your secrets, It’s not coffee talk it’s…

      Jul 24, 2014 at 7:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drivendervish
      drivendervish

      I didn’t know that throwing “shade” is considered “Gay” or part of gay lingo. I thought everybody used it. Is it really just gay people?

      Jul 24, 2014 at 10:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aromaeus
      Aromaeus

      Yeah throwing shade was a term coined in the black community, specifically black female which black gays incorporated and white gays appropriated because they are white and that’s what whites do.

      Jul 24, 2014 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rococo89
      Rococo89

      To those of you saying that ‘throwing shade’ is black female slang, or even specifically black slang, you need to EDUCATE yourselves. Gay people of color (that’s right, Hispanics too, not just blacks), specifically those who were part of the ball culture in the 80’s and even earlier, were using terms like ‘throwing shade’, ‘reading’, and ‘spilling T’. Just because your straight black girlfriend heard NeNe Leakes use those terms does not make them so.

      I’m tired of hearing the same uneducated, instigating bullshit over and over again.

      Jul 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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