Louis Virtel is a writer, comedian, and Alex Trebek super-fan who achieved a life-long dream when he appeared on Jeopardy! last week. The wait was worth it. He didn’t win Final Jeopardy, but he did become one of the more memorable contestants in recent history after snapping the snappiest snap you’ve ever seen snapped. In a word, it was fabulous.
Virtel does have one regret, though:
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. I’ll never get that chance again, but I take some comfort in having exhibited my sexual orientation through a few glaring clues. It just annoys me to settle for illustration when the correct response to heteronormativity is blatant acknowledgment of my own reality. (Via)