Not everyone does well under stress, and few of us have to endure pressure like a contestant on a game show. Picture it—you’re in front of a live audience of 50 or so people, you’re on camera to be broadcast to millions more, perhaps there’s a celebrity guest…not to mention the fact that there’s usually a huge pile of money on the line.

This has been known to produce some pretty great gaffes and faux-pas in the past, but Evan Kaufman’s appearance on the recent revival of ABC’s '$100,000 Pyramid' is one for the ages.


Yup, he just conflated former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden with Barack Obama, the former President of the United States. Which, to be fair, is a pretty common comparison made by the alt-right. But Kaufman wasn't trying to make a political statement. Later, in a Twitter thread, he explained that he didn't mean to lump a former president with a former enemy of the state.



Sure, this seems like a pretty reasonable explanation, once put like that, but it might now matter in today's online culture. Where internet trolls are likely to write, "TL;DR, you’re a racist now."