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A Game Show Contestant Is Getting Dragged For His Cringeworthy Reaction To A Barack Obama Question

Evan Kaufman chalked it up to nerves, y'all.

Evan Kaufman's name is everywhere these days after a video of him competing in the final round of The $100,000 Pyramid alongside SNL alum Tim Meadows began making rounds online.

In the clip, host Michael Strahan sets up the final round with, "Evan and Tim, for $50,000, here's your first subject ... go!" You know, no pressure. 

For those unfamiliar with the word association game, one-half of the two-person team is given a category. That person is given a list of clues meant to help their teammate guess the category.

The category Kaufman needed Meadows to guess was "People Whose Last Name Is Obama." Without missing a beat, Kaufman gave his teammate his first clue, shouting, "Bin Laden!"



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Not Barack, Michelle, Malia, Sasha ... not even Bo, the dog? The clip immediately went viral, and Kaufman gave us the tea on what was going through his mind during that epic fail of a moment. 









In the midst of his nerves, Kaufman tries to list everything associated with Obama, including the time a most-wanted terrorist was killed under his administration. Of course, Osama bin Laden can be associated with the 44th president's tenure since Obama caught him, but given the Islamophobia and birtherism surrounding the former POTUS, it is no wonder Kaufman has become known as the "racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy."




"And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn’t me," Kaufman wrote.



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The clip hilariously cuts off as soon as Kaufman says "Bin Laden," but he revealed that after the embarrassing moment he corrected himself, and Meadows gets the correct answer. They still don't win the ultimate prize, but the internet wins with this clip. 




Overall, Kaufman left with some prize money ... and an infamous television moment that will last forever.


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