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D.C. loves its trivia nights and the often-times wacky emcees that run them. But with great power comes great responsibility, and the trivia host at The Tombs—-the epicenter of Georgetown University trivia culture—-reportedly didn’t do enough to keep matters civil on Election Day, prompting the Georgetown establishment to reexamine its trivia policies.
On Tuesday trivia nights, the host at The Tombs will occasionally ask teams an open-ended question, and the number of points awarded are based on the volume of laughter the answer generates. On Nov. 4, the Hoya reports, the host asked the teams, “What issue would you add to a candidate’s platform?” The responses, according to the Hoya, included eliminating the NAACP and responses that “trivialized” sexual assault.
“It was that perfect trifecta of racial injustice, police brutality and rape. And what was very concerning was that the trivia host was laughing as well as pretty much most people attending trivia,” senior Nora West told the student newspaper. Students told the Hoya this wasn’t the first time offensive jokes had been made during the open-ended question round.
A manager for the The Tombs, Alex Jacobs, told the paper the restaurant is taking the complaints seriously, and that if someone is trying to be funny at the expense of someone else, it will do its best to censor those comments. He said:
The DJ decided to read all the answers to the question, so we’re going to have to make sure that we’re filtering those. Also, the team names have been kind of racy in the past. We need to make sure we’re on the safe side and make sure we’re not alienating any of our guests…We need to make sure our DJs exercise better judgment, and if they have any questions, they bring it to management so that we’re not giving anyone a soapbox to be insensitive.
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