Calm Down -- 'Jeopardy' Contestant Wasn't Making a Pedophile Joke (VIDEO)​

Open mouth, insert foot. That's pretty much what happened to Tom, a contestant on Jeopardy who gave one of the most cringe-worthy responses in the show's history. His answer was so bad, he even sparked a trend on Twitter last Friday night.

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Everyone was left feeling a tad uncomfortable to his response to the question (or is it the answer since it's Jeopardy?): "In common law, the age of this, signaling adulthood, is presumed to be 14 in boys and 12 in girls."

Tom buzzed in and immediate blurted out, "What is the age of consent?"

Ummmm ... did he just make a pedophile joke? Who in their right mind would think "age of consent" instead of "puberty" (the correct answer) when referring to 12 and 14-year-olds? That just seems ... dirty.

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Except that I can understand why he said it, especially considering the way the question was worded. Host Alex Trebek read the question, and before the ages were ever mentioned, the words "common law" and "adulthood" were used. We most often think of the term common law when referring to domestic partnerships, when two adults live and act as a married couple without being legally wed. And when you think of adulthood, well, don't you usually think of adults?

It's a high stress situation, and it's possible that Tom didn't even register the ages as he buzzed in. I think it's an honest mistake, albeit a highly uncomfortable one.

 

Do you think Tom was making a pedophile joke?

 

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