The wisecrack made the Twitter rounds after “Jeopardy!” announced this week it would air classic reruns in May. The game show shut down tapings in March amid the rising coronavirus pandemic.
In the 2016 episode, Trebek was interviewing eventual winner Susan Cole of Maryland, who perhaps overshared on her and fellow fans’ enthusiasm for “nerdcore hip-hop.”
“It’s people who identify as nerdy, rapping about the things they love, video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners, you know. It’s really catchy and fun,” Cole said.
“Losers, in other words,” Trebek snapped.
Trebek’s teasing has aged well, according to some commenters, who praised his timing and called him a “national treasure.”
This made me laugh really, really hard. Her earnest description of Nerdcore Hiphop — a completely batshit thing in and of itself — long beat, then—
“Losers, in other words.”
Alex Trebek, you are a savage & a goddamn national treasure.
— Michael P Brennan (@BrennanMichaelP) April 23, 2020
Alex Trebek is trending because he called socially awkward nerds “Losers”.
It is not good to attack your target audience, Alex.
— 😷 Safer at Home Colorado 😷 (@RockyMountViews) April 23, 2020
America cheering on Alex Trebek for calling a contestant a loser for an interest she shared is what’s wrong with the country. Like why isn’t he getting eviscerated for it? He was an asshole. not ok.
— Amanda (@aeostuni) April 23, 2020