Thus far, 2020 has been trash for all bearing witness to it. While many of us stay home amid social distancing mandates, thus slightly limiting the potential for any deeds worthy of public shaming, a contestant from Monday night’s episode of Jeopardy! is one exception.
A white participant on the longtime game show was not so patiently waiting for host Alex Trebek to finish reading the clue to a question from the category "The Zulus" before blurting out what she thought was the most logical answer.
"Here as on each September 24th Zulu celebrate a holiday that was named in honor of this warrior leader of the early 1800s," Trebek said.
"Who is Chaka Khan," the Jeopardy! participant blurted out before throwing her hands up in agony.
Political commentator Marc Lamont Hill posted a clip of the embarrassing moment on Instagram, which garnered hilarious comments.
"When you wish you had a 'rewind' button for life! I feel for her!" Hill wrote.
Some people were convinced that she was just having a bad day and slipped on her words.
To be fair, this woman actually won the game, and I honestly think she just had a small brain fart….but I can't resist sharing this.
— Romey Bails (@PepperJackin74) April 27, 2020
Others were not too impressed with her response.
This Why Black History is Very Important Period,As Young African American I New The Right Answer and When I was Watching This I didn’t think was funny at all.
— koree ,model,superstar,activist (@superstarboss1) April 28, 2020
Chaka Khan did not go through the fire, to the limit, to the wall, for a chance to be mistaken for Shaka Zulu chile ???????????????? https://t.co/hdK6Mp0Asx
— BlackWomenViews (@blackwomenviews) April 28, 2020
Zulu, who was a prominent leader of the South African Zulu kingdom, was credited with leaving behind a legacy of being a fierce warrior and strengthening a tribe that dominated the land in the early 1800s.
Regardless if it was a slip of the tongue or her ignorance of Black history and Zulu, the laughter it brought to social media served as a brief relief from the state of the nation.