‘Great British Baking Show’ judge Prue Leith addresses Mexican week backlash

‘Great British Baking Show’ judge Prue Leith addresses Mexican week backlash

The host insists that there was no intention for it to offend.

Audiences have lambasted the season 10 episode for perpetuating racial stereotypes and cracking insensitive jokes, but in a recent interview with The New Yorker, Leith said the baking competition did not mean to offend. She said, “There would not have been any intention to offend.” “That’s not the spirit behind the show. “

Later Leith praised the show’s positive vibes. Leith stated that the whole phenomenon of Bake off is, to my mind, extraordinary. Although it may sound cliché, I believe that it is a force for good most of the time. Every aspect of our lives is stressful. We are always short on time and money, and there are many terrible things happening around the globe. “


Prue Leith on ‘Great British Baking Show’

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Yet, Leith continued, “Bake Off is this safe space where the worst thing that can happen is somebody will drop their bake. Everyone will be supportive! Nobody will cheer, nobody won’t say, “Oh, good, you’re out the way, and now, I’m going to be victorious.” There isn’t the nastiness you sometimes encounter in competitions. “

In the “Mexican Week”, episode in question, the bakers were given the task of making pan dulce, steak tacos using homemade tortillas, as well as tres leches cakes. The cold open, featuring hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas in sombreros and ponchos, sparked backlash for the quips that followed: “I don’t feel like we should make Mexico jokes,” Fielding said. “People will be upset.” Lucas replied, “What? There are no Mexico jokes. Not even Juan? ” Audiences also laughed at the mispronunciation by bakers of words like pico gallo. Others reacted to the way that one contestant cut an avocado.

The show previously sparked backlash back in 2020 for a “Japanese Week” episode, wherein audiences also accused the bakers and hosts of cultural insensitivity. The Japanese bakers were criticised for using Indian and Chinese flavours in their Japanese bakes. Lucas was also criticized for calling katsu curried “cat poo curry”.

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