In January the game show Jeopardy! invited aspiring contestants to take an online quiz as the first step in applying to be on the show. Many Canadians with dreams of seeing fellow Canuck Alex Trebek up close went to take the test, only to be refused.
The show's FAQ for contestants now has an entry explaining that, "At this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents." So it's true — Canadians can't apply to be a Jeopardy! contestant.
Trebek, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, did offer a bit of an explanation in a letter to the Ottawa Citizen. (It was in response to a column about the ban on Canucks.) He said Canadians aren't able to take the online test "since the show must now comply with news rules set down by the Canadian government."
Regardless of the cause, news of the ban on Canadians spread quickly, crushing the hopes and dreams of many would-be contestants.
The outrage was real, and sometimes expressed in the form of Jeopardy! categories.
To make matters worse, Americans used this an as opportunity to make a bunch of Ted Cruz jokes.
Conspiracy theories are beginning to take root. Like, maybe we're actually banned because Canadians are currently dominating all aspects of entertainment.
Or because we're too smart.
Some say it's time for us to ban Jeopardy! in retaliation.
Or to take even more severe measures against our southern neighbours.
Meanwhile, as Canadians are left to grapple with this rank injustice, the show keeps using us as material night after night.
Fake Sean Connery said it best.
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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