I don't presume to know James or know his story. I have worked with students in the past for several years. What I can guess is that James was always different...and kids don't always appreciate differences. Whether that is looks, mannerisms, how they dress...down the line. He also mentioned having a grandmother that did not speak English. Depending on where and when he grew up, being different and having a different family was probably not easy for him, and he may have honestly not been engaged with a lot of things other kids were.
To me the ultimate success is finding something you love and are good at and figuring out how to get paid for it...as long as it is legal and not harming anyone. That James has found his place in a space that may not have always been welcoming to him is a good thing to me, and he found love....someone who accepts him as he is. He is a quirky person, from his mannerisms to his looks, but it doesn't seem as if he has tried to change himself., rather learned to just be. Sometimes people who have always felt different struggle with feeling confident in certain situations and they can sometimes try to overcome that in a number of ways, some of which can appear awkward or arrogant.
Therefore I can't understand why people can't just let him be. Maybe he is not everyone's cup of tea, but I can't be upset with someone for playing the game well. There have been other contestants that I did not connect with for many reasons, but I could not deny their skill, intellect and right to be on the show.
I hope he gets many opportunities as a result of this, not that I think he was not doing well before. For those of you that do not like him...I hope you don't leave the show because of it. James is not Jeopardy....and I am always a fan of the show....regardless of who is on it.