A WARWICK University student who appeared on University Challenge has received an outpouring of support after she was abused by online trolls over her gender.
Sophie Rudd, who is studying for a masters in Computer Science, was cruelly targeted as she represented the university on the hit BBC quiz programme against students from Liverpool University.
But fans of the show, including some celebrities, rushed to her defense online – many calling her a ‘genius’ and after her quick-responses help the Warwick team clinch victory.
Twitter user @macbee1972 wrote: “Sophie Rudd – ignore the trolls. You are one clever girl. Go Warwick #UniversityChallenge #Warwick #SophieRudd”
Also offering support was the BBC Pointless quiz show co-host, Richard Osman, also waded into the debate, tweeting: “I am a very big fan of this Warwick team. I think they might be my new favourites.”
Many praised her ‘brilliant brain’, while others questioned why her gender was the concern of abusive viewers.
Freelance journalist and Warwick University alumni, Angela Carless, said: “Huge congrats to my alma mater on such a stellar performance #UniversityChallenge especially the amazing Sophie Rudd. So proud & impressed,” while fellow user @AccioJellyBean wrote: “If you’re saying anything about Sophie Rudd other than that she’s a freaking genius then you need to sort yourself out.”
Beating Liverpool University 235 points to 95, Sophie and her fellow students will go on to represent Warwick in the second round of the competition.
The University of Warwick last won the popular quiz show, which pits the country’s best and brightest students against each other, in 2007.