January 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Gay ‘Jeopardy’ contestant calls out GOP for Snapchat
(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Out “Jeopardy” contestant Louis Virtel  is calling out the GOP for using a gif of him on their Snapchat promoting their coverage of the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Virtel, who appeared on “Jeopardy” last year, gained Internet attention after answering a Daily Double question correctly and giving a fierce snap in celebration. The moment earned Virtel shareable gifs and memes and the GOP decided to get in on the fun.

The GOP used the gif of Virtel snapping with the words “Snap of the Union” as they covered the State of the Union address on their Snapchat account. Virtel took to Twitter to express his disdain for the situation.

Virtel spoke to Slate about why the GOP using the gif upset him as much as it did.

“As a gay guy who is protective and militantly proud of his gayness, it’s both hilarious and borderline traumatizing to see the GOP mistake my energy for something in line with their ideals. Like many longtime out-and-proud gay guys from the Midwest, I’ve known plenty of closeted folks who are terrified of coming out,” Virtel told Slate.

“They all have one thing in common: Their parents are staunch Republicans. The GOP as it stands is a regressive and terrifying threat to LGBT Americans, and if the GOP can’t see that a gay guy on Jeopardy! wouldn’t want to be associated with them, it’s only further proof of their brutal ignorance,” Virtel went on.



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