The team behind the Danger! The Twitter account responded after a contestant became a viral topic of conversation for mistaking Earl Sweatshirt for rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie while attending the show.
Mayim Bialik recently returned to the Danger! fold to host the ongoing High School Reunion Tournamentwhich sees a selection of former youth tournament Contestants returning after initially facing each other in 2018 and 2019.
With the tournament now in its second week, Bialik welcomed Indiana University senior Audrey Satchivi, University of Texas junior Anish Maddipoti, and Yale junior Lucas Miner on Tuesday as they competed for the ultimate prize of 100,000 US dollars competed.
During the game, Maddipoti picked the $800 square in the “Rapper” category, which resulted in an on-screen photo being shared while Bialik read out the clue: “He was seen here, actually in a hoodie, um the time of dorishis major label debut album.”
“Who’s a Boogie in a Hoodie?” guessed Satchivi after quickly jumping in to answer.
Stumbling over her answer to the guess Call me Kat-Star Bialik elicited a muffled laugh as she told the contestant, “No!”
While the other two contestants had an opportunity to chime in and potentially increase their totals, both remained silent as they didn’t seem to know who he was.
“That’s Earl Sweatshirt,” Bialik explained after the clock ran out, prompting what appeared to be nods of approval from the trio of contestants.
Earl Sweatshirt, real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, rose to fame as a member of the hip hop collective Odd Future alongside Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean. His debut album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200.
A Boogie wit da Hoodie, whose real name is artist Julius Dubose, took inspiration for his stage name from the character Ace Boogie from the 2002 film Paid in full. Due to his penchant for wearing hoodies, friends gave him the stage name he now uses.
Footage of the rapper mix-up, which quickly went viral, was shared along with that on Twitter subtitle: “You violate Earl Sweatshirt Danger just.”
“It’s bad, really bad” called a viewer, as the post drew a flood of comments.
Other commented that Satchivi replies: “A boogie with a hoodie instead of a boogie [wit da] Hoodie is worse than getting it wrong.”
“There is so much wrong with this clip I don’t even know where to start,” another wrote in response to the seconds-long footage.
In the midst of the discussion, a comment from the verified one Danger! Twitter account read: “Hey, they tried,” along with a face with a tears of joy emoji.
“They did it and tried valiantly for the rest of the show, but it was too hilarious not to capture,” the video’s original poster answered.
Elsewhere, a large number of Twitter users have spoken out in defense of Satchivi, with many saying they have had trouble finding the correct lead themselves.
“I’ve reached the age where there’s a ‘rapper’ category Danger is no longer a gimme. Because I would have done that wrong twice,” one user tweeted.
“She looked so devastated,” another viewer said of the contestant. “She thought they gave her a contextual clue with the photo. I can’t get over it.”
Other called that the photo used of Earl Sweatshirt was “damn misleading” as he now wears long dreadlocks that weren’t visible in the picture.
It was noted in a subsequent Conversation that Bialik’s emphasis on the photo’s rapper “actually wearing a hoodie” is likely what caused Satchivi’s confusion.
Last year, another contestant’s faux pas went viral after she mistook hip-hop group Public Enemy for Mark Wahlberg’s 1990s band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
Amid the resulting criticism on social media, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D spoke out in defense of the candidate.
The musician tweeted then: “Everyone doesn’t know everything … so I introduce myself wherever I go and whoever I talk to. It’s just courtesy. But the sad thing is not knowing these other Chuck Ds.”