You know how Tom Hanks is a beloved national treasure whose name is known in homes throughout the world?
Well, last night on Jeopardy!, ZERO contestants were able to accurately name THE VERY FAMOUS Tom Hanks when asked who is starring as Mister Rogers in the upcoming A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...
...WHEN THERE WAS A VIDEO OF TOM HANKS'S FACE ON THE SCREEN.
Alex Trebek's face says it all:
Yes, Beverly did eventually buzz in. But as Trebek told her, "That's Tom Hanks. Not quickly enough, Beverly."
That's right! NOT QUICKLY ENOUGH, BEVERLY.
In defense of the contestants, The Jeopardy! Fan account claims that the lights malfunctioned during the question (though the official Jeopardy! account hasn't confirmed that's what happened).
Heads-up to anyone annoyed over the Tom Hanks Triple Stumper on #Jeopardy tonight: Audience members reported that the lights that tell contestants they're allowed to signal did not activate. Judges ruled "no harm, no foul" as nobody was advantaged or disadvantaged.
Another person also claims that the video is hard to see because it's on a small screen far away (but I don't know about that because that doesn't explain why people have gotten video questions right in the past).
@marshlands For contestants, video clues are on a 40" screen like, 75 fuckin' feet across the very large stage that you have to SQUINT at. If you didn't know he was going to be in the movie, it'd be pretty hard to confidently make it out from that screen.
Either way, people watching the show were shocked that no one was able to guess in time:
ALL THREE JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS JUST GOT A $200 CLUE WRONG B/C THEY COULDNT RECOGNIZE A PICTURE OF TOM HANKS TOM FUCKING HANKS
Me watching every single one of these #Jeopardy contestants stumped by a VIDEO of TOM HANKS.
How do you not recognize #TomHanks? #jeopardy
I know you’re all dying for more Jeopardy content, but today none of the contestants knew that Tom Hanks was starring in the upcoming Mr. Rogers movie, and THERE WAS A PICTURE.
Last night on Jeopardy nobody knew who Tom Hanks was and my already dwindling faith in humanity took another huge it. https://t.co/WsE9x8bJP4
The contestants on #jeopardy tonight didn’t recognize ... Tom Hanks? I’m shook.
THE JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS DIDNT KNOW TOM HANKS AND THEY HAD A PICTURE AND EVERYTHING
Basically, no matter what happened, we need to raise awareness for the I Remember Tom Hanks organization.
Help raise awareness! #iRememberTomHanks #jeopardy @tomhanks
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