Aaron Rodgers has been in the headlines all week for his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and Jeopardy! fans are kicking back and laughing. Rodgers was one of the celebrity guest hosts of last season, and was reportedly a contender for the permanent job. Now, many are glad that he didn't get it.
Rodgers said that he was "immunized" against the novel coronavirus back in August, but he does not seem to have meant that he got any of the three available vaccines. On Friday he appeared on The Pat McAfee Show, saying that he has already survived COVID-19 so he had antibodies against it at some point. Rodgers' statements were unnecessarily politicized, referenced unreliable rumors instead of hard science, and shocked fans who thought he had been vaccinated.
"This is a huge unforced error by a man who has transcended football and wants to have a career ... whether it's hosting 'Jeopardy!' or on other parts of our culture," said CNN's Christine Brennan. "What a shock, what a surprise that this is the guy we thought was so smart and well-read and it turns out that he doesn't even have the courage or the guts to say he wasn't vaccinated, probably because he was fearful of that 'woke mob.'"
Many commenters feel quite the same, especially given his association with Jeopardy! Here's a look at what they are saying on social media.
Hey, @Jeopardy wasn't everyone on the set supposed to be vaxxed to protect crew and contestants? Didn't someone ask to see Aaron Rodgers' vaccine card? No? Did you tell the crew & contestants that you didn't know if he was vaccinated? #AaronRodgersLied— veronicalpw (@veronique_1106) November 6, 2021
A couple other shitty and selfish things aaron rodgers did include, going to Hawaii unvaxxed when they were struggling with Covid & Native Hawaiians were telling people to stay away. And hosting Jeopardy! putting the contestants at risk. pic.twitter.com/ZaYpODoSdp— Peter Darker (@IAmLeoGlaze) November 4, 2021
Finally, many people wanted Rodgers to answer for the activities he did this summer under the pretense of being vaccinated, and the people that he put at risk by doing so.prevnext
Aaron Rodgers is also a spokesperson for @StateFarm insurance.
At the pandemic’s beginning, State Farm lit their buildings blue to support healthcare workers.
Now their spokesperson is fueling conspiracy theories that medical doctors value profits over making people healthy. pic.twitter.com/VqTEXU2lrI— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) November 7, 2021
State Farm PR after the Aaron Rodgers interview pic.twitter.com/CYvfLTgwsa— Jay (@JarrettW_6) November 5, 2021
Many commenters called on State Farm to take a stance on Rodgers' new comments, considering that Rodgers is still in some of the company's most prominent commercials. So far, State Farm has not responded.prevnext
Dr. Oz: I’m the only peddler of pseudoscience to ever guest host Jeopardy!— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 5, 2021
Aaron Rodgers: Hold on a minute playa
Aaron Rodgers didn't get the Jeopardy gig so now he's coming for Dr. Oz's show.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) November 5, 2021
Some also cracked jokes about fellow guest host Dr. Oz, who has also been criticized for promoting insubstantial science.prevnext
Aaron Rodgers didn’t get the Jeopardy gig but still managed to become a host— Mohanad Elshieky (@MohanadElshieky) November 5, 2021
Comedian Mohanad Elshieky joked that Rodgers was still a "host" in certain sense, having carried COVID-19 in his bloodstream even when he said he was "immunized."prevnext
every aaron rodgers jeopardy screenshot is hilarious now pic.twitter.com/kyYitil6fz— Langston Taylor (@langstonitaylor) November 5, 2021
Some fans pulled up Rodgers' old episodes of Jeopardy! just to laugh at the dichotomy. They marveled that he hosted the show without saying something as shocking as he did on McAfee's show this week.prevnext
Blood pressure lowered from just imagining the relief the “Jeopardy!” people have to feel at not having hired Aaron Rodgers— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) November 5, 2021
Fans were feeling vicarious relief by imagining the situation behind the scenes at Jeopardy!prevnext
What is... another hosting bullet dodged? https://t.co/7r3EQnF7qK— Matt McDaniel (@themattmcd) November 5, 2021
Former Jeopardy! contestant Matt McDaniel joked in the show's signature format that Rodgers was "another hosting bullet dodged." The search for a permanent host of the series has been fraught with controversy, but somehow Rodgers was almost in a position to make it even worse.prev