'Jeopardy!' Contestant Praises Amy Schneider for Handling 'Bigots' With 'Grace'

Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider has been praised by one of her recent competitors for handling the "bigots" she faces on social media with "grace."

California-based engineering manager Schneider made her debut on the syndicated quiz show in November during Trans Awareness Week and has since gone on to become the first transgender woman to qualify for Tournament of Champions.

As she continues to rack up records—including being the highest earning woman in the show's history and having the longest win streak of all women—she has also encountered unpleasant comments from a relatively small fraction of Twitter users.

In an essay penned for Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, Andrea Asuaje discussed how she had been defeated by Schneider when they competed against one another on the show, in an episode that aired toward the end of November.

And after recounting the highs and lows of her Jeopardy! experience in great detail, the podcast producer praised Schneider not only for her formidability in the game, but also for how she faces "narrow-minded jerks" on social media.

"She's an incredible player, navigating the board like she's been doing it her whole life," Asuaje wrote. "She's also handled the absolutely vile comments she's received on social media from bigots and narrow-minded jerks with grace and strength."

"I lost to Amy Schneider, but now I want her to keep winning," she went on. "I want her to keep breaking records. I'm rooting for her with my whole heart. And as cheesy as it sounds, being a part of Amy's winning streak—even as someone she defeated—is an honor."

When Asuaje tweeted a link to her article last week, Schneider wrote in response: "Andrea was so great to play against, and I really love this piece, seems like we both had some similar feelings leading up to our taping!"

"Thanks so much for sharing, Amy!" Asuaje wrote back. "Wish we could've spent more time together, but such is that Jeopardy champ life. Keep killing it!"

On December 31, Ohio native Schneider took to her Twitter account to address the persistent transphobic messages that had been directed at her online.

She wrote: "I'd like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I'm a man.

"Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind."

Among the unwelcome comments, there has been a dominating stream of supportive tweets, including from those who see Schneider as a transgender trailblazer.

In an interview with Newsweek, days after her Jeopardy! debut was televised, Schneider acknowledged the largely positive response, noting that it felt "really good."

The University of Dayton alum said: "I know that in my life, [it's great] to see trans women out there, not being the sort of freaks or prostitutes, or other things that until only a few years ago was all you ever saw them as.

"So as that changed, as I've been able to see them in other contexts—as the human beings that they are—that's been really important for me. And so I'm just really glad to be able to do that same thing for other people."

Schneider's current win streak of 34 victories puts in third place on the Jeopardy! list of all-time champs, behind just Ken Jennings (74 wins) and Matt Amodio (38).

"Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider and Andrea Asuaje
Former "Jeopardy!" contestant Andrea Asuaje (L) has praised the show's current reigning champ Amy Schneider (R) for handling "bigots" online with "grace." The two competed against one another in an episode that aired in late November 2021. Andrea Asuaje/Twitter;/Jeopardy!/YouTube