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[COMMENTARY] Transphobic Conservatives Attack Historic Jeopardy Champion Amy Schneider

[COMMENTARY] Transphobic Conservatives Attack Historic Jeopardy Champion Amy Schneider

Amy Schneider made history last week, becoming the first woman to win the most consecutive regular season episodes of Jeopardy! and the highest-earning woman to ever appear on the show. She’s also gained a rabid fanbase on social media and has handled her newfound millionaire status with the same pragmatism she uses to approach the board.

Oh yeah, she’s also the first out transgender contestant to make it to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. And you know what that means: the worst people are big mad about that.

Most conservatives probably don’t watch a lot of Jeopardy!, because it’s a game show for the nerdy smart kids (I don’t mean you, George Will, you probably are a devoted viewer), and therefore it’s already something for them to make fun of. Conservatives also don’t like it when any member of the transgender community bests a cishet person at anything, from sports to politics to trivia about the Middle Ages, because in their minds it means something is being taken away from the cisgender people of the planet. So here comes wicked smart Amy Schneider representing for all of the other smart girls, and they just can’t let her live while she keeps winning a game where the money isn’t printed with images of Mr. Monopoly.

On Twitter, transphobic users claimed that transgender women are naturally better at trivia games than cisgender women, so Schneider’s wins aren’t meaningful. Right-wing rag The Blaze misgendered her in their coverage, as did all of her detractors. Schneider got more support than hate, thankfully, including from the woman who had previously held the record before Amy came along and took a sledgehammer of smarts to it.

Haters are gonna hate while the transgender community continues to break barriers and societal norms. And win all the money from Jeopardy!

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