Oh dear! The Great British Bake Off has been accused of 'borderline racism' by viewers

Great British Bake Off is accused of ‘borderline racism’ by viewers who are offended by contestants’ decision to cook Chinese treats for ‘Japanese week’

  • For their first challenge, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns 
  • Japanese Hirata buns, otherwise known as ‘bao’ in China, usually contain pork chashu, tempura, or karaage chicken
  • Nikuman is the Japanese name for Chinese baozi – a kind of chūka man, also known in English as pork buns 
  • One amateur baker styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ buns to look like Pandas, which originate from central China 

The Great British Bake Off has been accused of ‘borderline racism’ by viewers.

During Tuesday night’s episode, contestants decided to cook Chinese treats for ‘Japanese week’, with one amateur baker styling her first creations to look like Pandas – leaving fans of the Channel 4 show offended. 

For their first challenge, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns, but rather than opting for traditional Hirata buns, the bakers chose to go for Chinese, Indian and American-style fillings.

Japanese Hirata buns, otherwise known as ‘bao’ in China, usually contain pork chashu, tempura, karaage, or other fillings. 

Oh dear! The Great British Bake Off has been accused of 'borderline racism' by viewers

Oh dear! The Great British Bake Off has been accused of ‘borderline racism’ by viewers

Viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish.

Hermine even styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ buns into Pandas, which originate from central China. 

Nikuman is the Japanese name for the Chinese baozi. It is a kind of chūka man, also known in English as pork buns. 

Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury, with one enraged viewer tweeting: ‘I am SO offended by tonight’s #GBBO So ignorant and racist. You’d think in the age – and climate – they’d do better. 

Buns: For their first challenge during Thursday night's episode, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns

Buns: For their first challenge during Thursday night’s episode, contestants were tasked with creating Japanese steamed buns

Pandas!? Hermine styled her 'chicken nikuman' buns into Pandas, which originate from China

Pandas!? Hermine styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ buns into Pandas, which originate from China

What the...? But viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish

What the…? But viewers were bemused when some contestants opted for Chinese style fillings, while others went for Indian and American takes on the classic Japanese dish

Burger buns? Japanese Hirata buns, otherwise known as 'bao' in China, usually contain pork chashu, tempura, karaage, or other fillings

Burger buns? Japanese Hirata buns, otherwise known as ‘bao’ in China, usually contain pork chashu, tempura, karaage, or other fillings

Japanese buns: Hirata buns are a traditional Japanese food

Japanese buns: Hirata buns are a traditional Japanese food

‘It not only insulted us Japanese, they’ve insulted the Chinese – and everyone’s intelligence.’ 

Another fan tweeted: ‘I had hopes for Japanese week but generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same, which is not cool in any time but especially now as East Asians are being racially abused due to Coronavirus.’  

‘Why is everyone cooking Chinese on Japanese week? This is so rude/racist #gbbo.’ added another.

‘It’s JAPANESE week, people. Not CHINESE Week. #GBBO,’ pointed out another fan of the show.  

Chinese buns: Nikuman is the Japanese name for Chinese baozi - a kind of chūka man, also known in English as pork buns

Chinese buns: Nikuman is the Japanese name for Chinese baozi – a kind of chūka man, also known in English as pork buns

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Chinese buns

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Chinese buns

Racist narrative: 'Generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same,' said one furious viewer

Racist narrative: ‘Generalising all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same,’ said one furious viewer

Someone else asserted: ‘This is an absolute trainwreck of an episode. It’s borderline racist #GBBO.’ 

Going into more detail, one viewer explained: This racist a** ‘Japanese week’ episode of #GBBO being: Bao (Chinese food) ‘Kawaii Cake’ (not a thing!) Matcha Mille Feuille (fair enough).  

‘Imagine being this much of a flop when Japan has so much delicious cuisine. Plz try harder!’ 

Someone else tweeted: ‘But Pandas are from China, not Japan, bit racist really #GBBO.’

One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter, positing that it could be because he ‘knew the user would tell him to stop making racist jokes on #GBBO.’   

MailOnline has contacted a representative The Great British Bake Off for comment.  

Fan reaction: Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury

Fan reaction: Taking to Twitter, those who tuned into the show voiced their fury

Yikes! One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter

Yikes! One viewer also claimed that Matt Lucas had blocked her on Twitter

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