Ken Jennings has built his livelihood on his ability to be correct. In fact, that’s how he rose to notoriety.
Jennings rose to fame as the man with the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!. He went on to win the title of Greatest of all Time on the quiz show. Currently, he works behind the scenes at Jeopardy!. So, you could say that he’s a pretty smart guy.
If that didn’t drive it home he has plenty more fact-based cred to go around. He’s currently a Chaser on The Chase. His whole purpose on that show is to be smarter than contestants to keep them from winning a cash prize. The Kenster has also been on a handful of other quiz shows. He’s not just a one-trick pony, though. Jennings also hosts a podcast and has written a dozen books. So, we have all come to accept that when says something it’s correct.
Well, no one is right all of the time. After all, Ken Jennings isn’t some fact-spewing snark robot from the future. He’s just a human like the rest of us and you know what they say. To err is human. Boy, did Jennings err last night. He took the massive L on Twitter when he posted about two popular British bands from the 1990s.
In the tweet in question, Ken Jennings said that it was a huge “bummer,” that Oasis is better than Blur. Check out his tweet below.
The real bummer here is that Ken Jennings has proven himself to be less than accurate. Let’s take a minute to dig a little deeper into the wildly controversial statement.
Digging Deeper Into Ken Jennings’ Musical ‘Fact’
For starters, music is fairly subjective. So, if you’re shaking your head right now and thinking that Ken Jennings is actually correct and I’m way off base, that’s fine. Just hear me out.
It’s hard to say that one band is “objectively better” than another. I guess you could look at, let’s say, Led Zeppelin and the Sex Pistols. They’re both British bands and are just as different as the ones Ken Jennings chose to compare. Now, it would be easy to say that Zeppelin is better than the Sex Pistols. After all the former band was full of expert musicians. However, the former could hardly play their instruments. On the other hand, Johnny Rotten and his merry band of punk rockers may have been more culturally significant if you look at their impact on music as a whole. See? “Objectively,” better is a tough nut to crack.
On top of that, Oasis is basically British Nickelback. When was the last time you heard “Wonderwall,” or “Champagne Supernova,” and didn’t immediately cringe? On the other hand, Blur has a pretty big catalog. However, their best-known track is, without a doubt, “Song 2,” which was feathered on the Starship Troopers soundtrack and became a staple of rock radio in the nineties alongside Oasis’ handful of hits. I challenge you to listen to that song and sit still. It’s almost impossible.