Coolio Responds To Gameshow Contestant Who Mispronounced The Name Of His Song
4 January 2018, 14:47 | Updated: 4 January 2018, 14:49
A contestant on US gameshow 'Jeopardy' was stripped of thousands of dollars this week after he mispronounced the title of a famous rap song.
During an episode of the popular TV series, contestants were given the hint of: "A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic".
Nick, who was in second place at the time, was initially awarded $1,600 for his answer "Gangster's Paradise", sending him into the lead.
However, just minutes later, show host Alex Trebek informed Nick that the judges disputed his answer and would not let him keep the points or the money.
"Our judges have reevaluated one of your responses a few minute ago, Nick," said Trebek.
Of course, it wasn't long before Twitter caught wind of the situation.
"You said 'gangster's' instead of 'gangsta's' on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you. You are now in second place."
And at that moment Nick knew he should have let the street raise him— Suzanne Capriotti (@capriotti97) 3 January 2018
This is the most savage level of pettiness I've seen in my life and I'm here for it https://t.co/qJbWC36olu— lexy (@uhlexusonfire) 3 January 2018
Jeopardy taking $3200 away from a contestant because he called Coolio’s song “Gangster” instead of “Gangsta!” Alex is truly living the Thug Life. #Jeopardy #coolio #thuglife pic.twitter.com/T2i2AtZNqg— Ricardo (@rave323) 2 January 2018
Of the blunder, 'Jeopardy' released an official statement outlining the reason behind their decision to disregard Nick's answer.
"It turns out that 'gangsta' and 'gangster' are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition," they said.
"Nick changed not only the song's title, but also its meaning – making his response unacceptable."
Meanwhile, Coolio himself has responded to the controversy by saying he wants "white people to learn" from Nick's mistake.
Speaking to TMZ, the rapper said although he probably would have allowed Nick's answer, before adding:
"Let me explain something to you, and this is to white people - the ‘er’ will always get you in trouble. Never use the ‘er’, if you don’t have to use the ‘er’, don’t use it."
"This is the thing - it is actually technically ‘as’. So, technically, ‘er’ is wrong."