This Jeopardy contestant looked at his winnings, and realized there's nothing left.
Jeopardy has often incorporated hip-hop into their questions, which has led to many hilarious moments where people who probably never listen to rap venture guesses about the exploits of "Snoop Doggy Dogg." However, the latest Jeopardy hip-hop misadventure is one of the most hilarious and frustrating occurrences in recent memory. When asked to identify the results when "a song by Coolio from "Dangerous Minds" goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic," contestant Nick Spicher responded with "Gangster's Paradise Lost," which is sure to get a dry chuckle from any English Literature graduates.
At first, he was deemed correct, earning himself a healthy $3,200 dollars in winnings. However, as the round progressed, host Alex Trebek informed Spicher that the judges deemed his pronunciation of the word "Gangster" instead of "Gangsta" rendered his answer useless. Therefore, Spicher was promptly stripped of his $3,200 and knocked back into second place. We captured a video of the debacle, which has been making the rounds - check that out below.
If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that you should always respect hip-hop phonetic pronunciations as they are written, lest there be dire consequences. If that results in some cringeworthy television, so be it. After all, if Coolio wanted to call it "Gangster's Paradise," he damn well would have. Still, it's definitely a frustrating oversight to make, and you can tell he'll be kicking himself over that gaffe. Remember, Jeopardy's judges live for this shit, and they will ruin your day if given a chance.