‘Highest-Earning Female’: Critics Slam Transgender ‘Jeopardy!’ Winner

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The popular game show, Jeopardy!, awarded transgender contestant Amy Schneider the title of  “highest-earning female contestant in the game show’s nearly 57-year run.” However, that didn’t go over too well with everyone, and the critics were pretty vocal.

Amy Schneider
Amy Schneider (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

Jeopardy! awarded a women’s record to a transgender woman. Corporate parent NBC hailed Amy Schneider as the “highest-earning female contestant in the game show’s nearly 57-year run,” Breitbart reports.

“Amy Schneider ties Julia Collins’ record for consecutive games won — the sweater was lucky, indeed!” Jeopardy! tweeted, referring to Schneider’s decision to wear a sweater matching past show winner Julia Collins’ clothes. Apparently, Collins was not amused. “Julia Collins has not applauded Schneider for beating her record and copying her female clothing,” Breitbart adds.

Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider made history again on Friday, becoming the “highest-earning female contestant in the game show’s nearly 57-year run,” NBC wrote this week. “The engineering manager’s 18th consecutive win brought her total earnings to $706,800, bumping her above Larissa Kelly to become the show’s top-earning female player.”

“The claim that Schneider holds the women’s record is rejected by advocates for women’s status and rights,” Breitbart added.  Two of those advocates, Henry Hughes, who describes himself as a “gender critical feminist ally,” and Louise Matchett, who describes herself as a “climate socialist feminist,” criticized the claim that Schneider is the “highest-earning female winner.”


Neither Hughes nor Matchette identifies as “politically conservative.” This suggests the issues surrounding gender do not fall necessarily along political lines. Schneider has used the show and social media to broadcast being transgender. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact,” she tweeted, “but I’m a lot of other things, too!”

According to The Daily Beast, “Schneider is also the first out transgender contestant to win an invitation to the coveted ‘Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions,’ in which the top players of each season compete. Last month, Schneider confirmed to her followers on Twitter that the reason she appeared on the Nov. 26 episode wearing a pin bearing the blue, white, and pink colors of the transgender pride flag designed by Monica Helms, was because she herself is trans.”

Amy Schneider (Credit: Twitter)

Other Americans weighed in, like journalist Neil Munro, who tweeted: “Jeopardy! is going woke by publicly rewarding & validating a man’s claim to be a woman.” Julie H. Wright posted: “More white male patriarchy canceling women. Where are the feminists?”

The public debate over sex and gender is boosting mainstream opposition to the demand that each person’s sense of “gender identity” be treated as more important than their male-or-female body in law, culture, and sports.  For example, a December 21-22 poll of 1,000 adults by Rasmussen Reports showed that only nine percent of Americans strongly disagree that “There are two genders, male and female.”

The polling shift comes as more women lose status prizes  — such as medals and records — to transgender women. The transgender movement is diverse, with competing goals and priorities. For example, Schneider told The Daily Beast that he is “a woman” and is in a relationship “with a woman.” This seems to baffle the critics who claim Schneider identifies as a woman just to date other women.

“The movement includes masculine autogynephilic men who demand sex from lesbians, non-political people trying to live as idealized stereotypes of the opposite sex, and pre-pubescent children with childish views of sexuality,” Breitbart adds. Talk about confusing. It’s no wonder this gender issue is crossing political lines.