‘Jeopardy!’ Viewers Left Outraged By ‘Offensive’ And ‘Misogynistic’ Clue About Medical Condition

Jeopardy Viewers Mad About Offensive Clue About Medical Condition

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  • Numerous Jeopardy! viewers were very angry about a clue the game show gave about a medical condition.
  • The condition, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, was referred to as “Grinch Syndrome” on the show.
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During Monday’s Jeopardy! hosted by Savannah Guthrie a clue referring to a medical condition, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, left numerous viewers very upset.

The clue was given as part of a “Plain-Named Maladies” category and read, “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is also known as Grinch Syndrome because this organ is too small.”

According to Jeopardy! judges, the correct answer is “What is the heart?”

According to a slew of people on social media, the use of the term “Grinch Syndrome” is offensive, misogynistic, shameful, hurtful, an embarrassment, and “incredibly incorrect.”

Among those criticizing the game show for its insensitive, and inaccurate, clue was Dysautonomia International, a non-profit that raises funds for research and promotes awareness of disorders of the autonomic nervous system, like POTS.

“Hey @Jeopardy no one with any credibility calls POTS ‘Grinch Syndrome.’ Promoting outdated misogynistic terms to describe a debilitating autonomic nervous system disorder that impacts millions of Americans is not cool,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “We request an apology on behalf of our community. Do better.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome “is a condition characterized by too little blood returning to the heart when moving from a lying down to a standing up position (orthostatic intolerance). Orthostatic Intolerance causes lightheadedness or fainting that can be eased by lying back down. In people with POTS, these symptoms are also accompanied by a rapid increase in heart rate. Although POTS can affect men and women of all ages, most cases are diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 50. The cause of POTS is unknown.”

Dysautonomia International says on its website that POTS “is estimated to impact between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 Americans, and millions more around the world.”

That’s a whole lot of people for Jeopardy! to make angry with their “Grinch Syndrome” clue.

As of this writing, Jeopardy! has yet to make any mention of this error on social media.