Janet Jackson and Ariana Grande are two very different people, but one Jeopardy! contestant mixed them up during Wednesday's episode of the game show. Contestant Alwin Hui selected the $800 clue in the Billboard Music Awards category, which read, "As the recipient of the 2018 Icon Award, she took 'Control' and took to the stage in her first live TV performance in nearly a decade."
Host Alex Trebek then played a clip of Jackson performing her 1986 hit "Nasty" at the show. Hui buzzed in first and answered, "Who is Ariana Grande?," providing an incorrect answer before competitor Sarah Jett Rayburn buzzed in with the correct answer. Rayburn went on to win her fourth consecutive episode, earning a total of $89,300
Viewers couldn't help but discuss Hui's error on social media, especially considering the fact that the 26-year-old Grande would have been around 14 years old when Jackson last performed on television before 2018's award show. It's possible to explain Hui's confusion due to the fact that Jackson was wearing an oversized sweatshirt, thigh high boots and her hair in a ponytail in the clip, a look that has become Grande's signature, but Twitter was not letting him off that easily.
Some people were simply not having it.
A MAN ON JEOPARDY JUST WATCHED A VIDEO OF JANET JACKSON PERFORMING AND THEN INCORRECTLY GUESSED THAT IT WAS “ARIANA GRANDE” whaaaaaaaaT is happening??? !!— Sydney (@SydneyBattle) April 29, 2020
I know this man did not just confuse Janet Jackson for Ari*na Gr*nde on Jeopardy tonight!!!! sir! pic.twitter.com/B6RDa6w4ZN— best wishes, warmest regards (@Jas_M_ine) April 29, 2020
THIS MAN ON JEOPARDY JUST CONFUSED JANET JACKSON FOR ARIANA GRANDE. I'M LEAVING THIS EARTH. pic.twitter.com/Jc3ABURu59— Ladi A (@HigashiNY) April 29, 2020
Many used GIFs to express their disbelief.
Others cited Jackson's legend status.
Jeopardy has been disrespecting the legends this week https://t.co/eFECmzhaPJ— Luke Ponds (@lukeponds) April 30, 2020
Several people also referenced another incorrect answer given on Jeopardy! this week by Jett Rayburn mistake on Monday's episode, during which she answered, "Who is Chaka Khan?" when Trebek showed a photo of Zulu Kingdom leader Shaka Zulu.
As if things couldn’t get crazier/funnier than the Jeopardy Chaka Khan / Shaka Zulu mix-up, this week now also bestows upon us a Janet Jackson / Ariana Grande mixup. I’m not kidding. Ay dio mio. | #WasItThePonytail 🙈 pic.twitter.com/2xpPfKmFij— Miss TLC (@IAmMissTLC) April 29, 2020
So yesterday on #Jeopardy , a contestant thought Shaku Zulu was Chaka Khan. Tonight, Janet Jackson was believed to be Ariana Grande. Who are these people?!?!— Karen Dumas (@karendumas) April 29, 2020