The long-running quiz show “Jeopardy!” ” apologizes for a clue it later called “outdated” or “inaccurate.”
With guest host Savannah Guthrie, a $600 dollar clue was read about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).|Monday’s episode of featured Savannah Guthrie as guest host. contained a clue worth $600 about postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).}
Guthrie said that postural orthostatic tachycardia is also called Grinch syndrome, because the organ is too small.
The heart was the answer.
According to Johns Hopkins, POTS is a blood flow disorder that causes “specific symptoms” and an exaggerated rise in heart rate while standing. It affects approximately 1 to 3 million Americans.} It also states that the structure of the heart is normal.
Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) June 22, 2021
Many viewers who were familiar with the condition criticised the clue via social media after the show aired.
One user commented, “Not cool @Jeopardy I have never referred to this condition as the Grinch Syndrome.” __S.11__ This is the Grinch Syndrome.
Dysautonomia International is a non-profit organization that raises money for research on autonomic nervous systems disorders. They shared the information on Twitter and called it “misogynistic and offensive.”
Can you picture Jeopardy laughing at MS or cancer patients by giving them a humorous name for their debilitating condition? This is unacceptable. “We’d love for you to ask real questions about your autonomic nervous systems,” the organization stated, and also requested an apology from the show. __S.17__
This appeared on Jeopardy tonight. Grinch syndrome is an offensive term. Can you imagine Jeopardy making light of cancer or MS patients with a "funny" name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable. We'd love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system. pic.twitter.com/kqetij1Jwx
— Dysautonomia Intl. (@Dysautonomia) June 22, 2021
The show issued an apology Tuesday.
“Yesterday’s program included a clue regarding postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS),” according to the official “Jeopardy!” We apologize for using an incorrect term for this disorder after hearing from the community.
Dysautonomia International replied: “We accept your apologies and appreciate that you were open to listening to our patient community.”