The worlds of rapper Yung Joc and Wheel of Fortune collided on Monday, when WoF contestant Kennise Miller — with nearly $30,000 in prize money and a trip to Maui already in her pocket — faced a Bonus Round puzzle under the category of “person.”
With only two of the nine letters showing on the board, even an impressive player like Kennise couldn’t come up with a single guess for the answer, which was “Young Jock.”
But that’s when things exploded on Twitter, with many viewers assuming that the show meant for the puzzle to be the name of popular rapper Yung Joc, best known for his 2006 hit single "It's Goin' Down." With some blaming the show’s research department, and saying that Kennise deserves another shot.
@WheelofFortune It’s Yung Joc not Young Jock. She should have another shot. Why in the world would you even use the name and not research?
— Refined Rubies (@RefinedRubies) December 21, 2021
I asked for a person…that would have been Yung Joc. Not a stereotype.
— Nisey (@DatAriesFire4) December 21, 2021
Wheel of Fortune who the hell is “young jock”??? That lady should have a redo 🤨
— Miranda (@itzmirandap) December 21, 2021
@WheelofFortune you all cheated tonight bonus round contestants. His name is "Yung Joc" not "Young Jock". C'mon guys!
— Jessica Bates (@jessiebeled) December 21, 2021
@WheelofFortune it’s Yung Joc not Young Jock. She got shafted
— kyle payne (@Kyle_Payne31) December 21, 2021
Wheel of Fortune is too damn old y'all pic.twitter.com/6bcpO4rc0A
— Lone Star Legend. 🇱🇷 (@TeeZeroHero) December 21, 2021
Even those who didn’t think it was a reference to the rapper still took issue with the puzzle, wondering how “Young Jock” qualifies as a “person.”
@WheelofFortune YOUNG JOCK. As opposed to OLD JOCK…..What the heck is this. Who even uses this term anymore. I’m all for freedom of speech but I think the brains behind this one needs to go. And if it’s computer generated than give the heave ho to the old Commodore 64 😠
— Douglas J Clemens (@ClemensDouglas) December 21, 2021
#WheelOfFortune ok so maybe they meant it as a young person who is an athlete. A young jock . And not the rapper . The demographic for wheel of fortune is definitely not young joc fans .
— jenn1219 (@jenn12193) December 21, 2021
And while the mystery may continue on social media, we do know that Kennise, who is a licensed nail technician from Chicago, played a great game and has plenty of reasons to celebrate, with $28,200 and a Hawaiian vacation coming her way.
We think Yung Joc and young jocks would approve.
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