In an interview with Vulture, Trebek stated: “You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, ‘My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men.’”
Trebek considers himself a socially liberal independent, but this statement seems to contradict the nature of his views.
Trebek continued, referring to his own position and hormones being accountable for sexual assault.
“I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually,” he stated. “I said, ‘But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.’ There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone.”
Trebek denies that he is in a position of power even though he has hosted the hit television show Jeopardy since 1984.
The interviewer, David Marchese, took issue with the fact that Trebek essentially blamed sexual assault on hormones. He responded that a person’s age is not always an “acceptable excuse” for assault and that “young men are not the only ones who are a problem.”
Later in the interview, Trebek discussed the criticism he has faced for the way he treats women contestants on Jeopardy. “I’ve been criticized for treating women more harshly than men. I’ve also been criticized for treating women better than men. In fact, I remember looking in a stack of letters once and finding two. One said, ‘Boy, you fawn over women [contestants] and try to help them out,’ and the other was, ‘Boy, you’re mean to women,’” he told Marchese.
As if Trebek hadn’t already outed himself as having sexist views, he continued by saying, “A viewer’s reaction is dependent on their biases in everyday life. If they think that women are put upon unfairly, they’re going to watch the program and if they see anything that they believe satisfies their bias, it becomes their reality.”
In stating that the #MeToo movement is scary for men across the country, Alex Trebek agrees with Trump and has revealed himself to be aligned with misogynistic views on sexual assault which are harmful to women, rather than using his platform to be a voice for women.
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