Viewers jump to defend University Challenge contestant trolled for her gender
The internet has rushed to defend a “genius” University Challenge contestant who was cruelly mocked on Twitter after she appeared on an episode of the tough quiz show last night (Monday, July 25).
Despite being praised for her brains both on the show and online with some fans asking why she wasn’t team captain, Sophie Rudd from the University of Warwick was subject to hideous online abuse from some ignorant viewers as her team beat the University of Liverpool.
Rudd is a masters student studying Computer Science at the Russell Group university. She, along with her team mates Sophie Hobbs, Thomas Van and captain andCountdown champion Giles Hutchings, were competing in the first round of the University Challenge.
Both viewers and non-viewers of the show were quick to rush to Rudd’s defence on Twitter, quickly drowning out the haters with messages of love, support, and praise for Rudd’s phenomenal intelligence.
Sophie Rudd – young, clever, dynamic, clever, beautiful, clever, happy, clever. Trans, really? Who cares, she's fab! #UniversityChallenge
— hilary rowell (@hilaryrowell) July 25, 2016
How awesome was Rudd on #UniversityChallenge. A potential new Hapax Legomenon,Trimble or Guttenplan?!
— Adam Ramiz (@AdamRamiz) July 25, 2016
Rudd, why weren't you team captain? No offence Hutchy #UniversityChallenge
— púca poca (@MaulPuldoon) July 25, 2016
Others tried to jokingly bring attention to other members of team Warwick:
— Richard Wilkes (@MrWilkes76) July 26, 2016
— KD⭐️ (@KaneLeeDavis) July 26, 2016
Developing a strong academic interest in #UniversityChallenge 's Hutchings.
— Jake (@Jake_W_M) July 25, 2016
While others gently reminded viewers that this is far from the most controversial thing to have taken place on University Challenge, referencing the time one Cambridge student decided to wear a leather vest and chain while appearing on the programme.
I think people need to remember that the most shocking and incomprehensible thing ever on #UniversityChallenge was when Shah wore THAT vest.
— Ami Vet (@ami_vet) July 26, 2016
Rudd and the Warwick team will return to screens for the second round of University Challenge in November, according to team mate Giles Hutchings.