Writer and comedian Louis Virtel appeared on hit US gameshow Jeopardy this week, and deservedly went viral due to his all-round brilliance and specifically his excellent snap.
What makes his appearance even better is what he wrote after his appearance on the show, on site Hitflix. "I hate, hate, hate that I didn't just say "I'm gay" on air," he wrote. Why? Because he can only remember one other contestant who mentioned his sexuality, Glenn Edwards.
"I will never forget Glenn Edwards. "Jeopardy!" is a show where in a given week you hear a handful of contestant anecdotes about how some guy met his wife, or how some woman met her husband. You hear clues about straight romance in literature and celebrity straight couples. For whatever reason, you never hear gay contestants open up about their lives and you don't hear much about the lives of gay celebrities and luminaries either," Virtel writes.
As a kid growing up in the suburbs who venerated everything about "Jeopardy!", I would've loved seeing an expressive gay contestant own his homosexuality as well as the buzzer.