GBBO accused of ‘border racism’ for ‘Japanese Week’ food selection

‘Borderline racism’ has been accused against the Great British Back Off by viewers who are outraged by the contestants’ decision to cook Chinese treats on ‘Japanese Week’

  • For their first challenge, the contestants were tasked with making Japanese steamed buns
  • In Japan, Hirta Ban, otherwise known as ‘Bao’ in China, usually contains pork, Tempura or Karaj chicken.
  • Nikuman is the Japanese name for the Chinese baoji – a kind of wheeled man, also known as pig in English.
  • An amateur baker standardized his ‘chicken nikuman’ bun to look like pandas, which originated in central China.

The Great British Back Off has been accused by viewers of ‘border racism’.

During Tuesday night’s episode, the contestants decided to cook Chinese treats for ‘Japanese Week’ – the first composition to look like an amateur baker pandas – annoying Channel 4 fans immensely.

For their first challenge, the contestants were tasked with making Japanese steamed buns, but instead of choosing the traditional diamond buns, the bakers opted for filling in Chinese, Indian and American style.

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

Hirta Ban in Japan, otherwise known as ‘Bao’ in China, usually contains pork chowder, tempura, karaj or other fillings.

And so, when some contestants opted for the Chinese style filling, others went to play Indian and American classic Japanese dishes, much to the amazement of the audience.

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Hermione even styled her ‘chicken nikuman’ bun into a panda, which originated in central China.

Chinese Baoji’s Japanese name is Nikuman. It is a kind of wheel man, also known as pig in English.

Bonus: For their first challenge during Thursday night's episode, the contestants were tasked with creating the Japanese Steamed Bun

Bonus: For their first challenge during Thursday night’s episode, the contestants were tasked with creating the Japanese Steamed Bun

Pandas !?  Hermione styles her ‘chicken nikuman’ bun to pandas, which originated in China

Pandas !? Hermione styles her ‘chicken nikuman’ bun to pandas, which originated in China

What ...?  While some contestants opted for Chinese style filling, others went to play Indian and American classic Japanese dishes, much to the amazement of the audience.

What …? While some contestants opted for the Chinese-style filling, others went to play Indian and American classic Japanese dishes, much to the amazement of the audience.

Burger bun?  Hirta Ban in Japan, otherwise known as 'Bao' in China, usually contains pork chops, tempura, karaj or other fillings

Burger bun? Hirta Ban in Japan, otherwise known as ‘Bao’ in China, usually contains pork chops, tempura, karaj or other fillings

Those who presented the show on Twitter expressed curiosity with an angry viewer: ‘I am very upset to see #GBBO so ignorant and racist tonight. You think in the era – and in the climate – they will do better.

“It’s not just our Japanese who have been insulted, they have insulted the Chinese – and everyone’s intelligence.”

Someone else tweeted: ‘I had hoped for Japanese Week but the generalization of all Asian food with Japan feeds the racist narrative that all Asians are the same, which has never been cold but especially now East Asians are being racially abused because of the coronavirus. ‘

Dahl?  Mark decided to play an Indian game with the Indian steamed Japanese bamboo

Dahl? Mark decided to play an Indian game with the Indian steamed Japanese bamboo

‘Why is everyone cooking Chinese on Japanese week? It’s so rude / racist #gbibo. ‘Another one added.

‘It’s Japan Week, man. Not CHINESE week. #GBBO, ‘showed another fan of the show.

Someone else insisted: ‘This is the destruction of the perfect train of one episode. It’s border racist #GBBO ”.

Going into more detail, one viewer explains: This racist ** ‘Japanese Week’ # Episode # Episode Episode: Bao (Chinese food) ‘Kawai Cake’ (Nothing!) Macha Mili Fuel (Fair enough).

Fan Response: Those who tuneed the show on Twitter expressed their displeasure

Fan Response: Those who tuneed the show on Twitter expressed their displeasure

‘Think of it as a flop when Japan has such a delicious cuisine. Please try more! ‘

Someone else tweeted: “But pandas come from China, not Japan, bit racist is really #GBBO”

One viewer further claimed that Matt Lucas blocked him on Twitter, posting that it could be because he knew users would ask him to stop making racist jokes on #GBBO. ‘

Mail has contacted the Great British Back Off for comments online

Alas!  One viewer further claimed that Matt Lucas blocked him on Twitter

Alas! One viewer further claimed that Matt Lucas blocked him on Twitter

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