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GBBO accused of ‘borderline racism’ for ‘Japanese week’ food choices

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 extremely offended. 

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

The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion. 

And so, 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.   

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? The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion

Burger buns? The buns, named Nikuman, are traditionally filled with savory pork, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, and scallion

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.

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

Someone else 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.’  

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Japanese Steamed Buns

Dahl? Marc decided to go for an Indian take on traditional Japanese Steamed 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

‘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. 

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).  

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

‘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 The Great British Bake Off for comment. 

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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