Posted on September 28, 2022

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Facing Backlash Over Racist Puzzle

Bre Williams, Shadow and Act, September 26, 2022

Wheel of Fortune and host Pat Sajak have been catching a lot of heat these last few days.

During a recent episode of ABC’s hit game show, a puzzle with a racist history in the United States was presented as one for contestants to solve. The category was “Rhyme Time,” and the answer was later revealed as “EENIE MEENIE MINY MOE CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE,” which didn’t sit well with viewers.

According to Vox, the original version of this rhyme is “rooted in the slave trade,” and was not used by children but by slave-owners. “Tiger” in the rhyme was originally an “N-slur.