What’s the Big Great British Bake Off Controversy About?


If ever you need to while away a weekend, you could do worse than binging on delightfully polite bakers competing to win the favor of Mary Queen of Cakes (aka Mary Berry) and master baker Paul Hollywood. Held in the English countryside or a London palace or a grand historic home, the competition involves a group of amateur bakers who are whittled down through a series of three weekly challenges, eliminated one by one until the supreme baker is chosen. In my home, we first discovered this charming series last winter over a holiday break, and the entire family crowded around to watch every episode we could get our hands on (YouTube, Netflix), sighing over gorgeous soufflés and puffs and cream-filled cakes … not to mention a certain judge’s stunningly gorgeous, critical eye(s).


Peppered throughout with Sue (Perkins) and Mel’s (Giedroyc) wickedly witty — often naughty — singsong innuendo, GBBO is the perfect virtual escape: a vacation for the mind, filled with literal sugar and spice, and everything nicely polite — even the criticisms. Which is why controversy seems about as opposite the show as Gordon Ramsay’s fiery temper. Nevertheless, this misstep seems so sweetly silly, it’s almost too stupid to take issue with; a permanently passé pastel pastiche past promotion prime in the present. See if you can’t suss out the problem.



That’s right, folks. Apparently, the 2016 Great British Bake Off will feature color-coded icing:



Granted, this is a goofy gaffe, but hardly worth “outrage.” What say we consider this lesson learned (new colors!) …

… move on, and …


The Great British Bake Off returns to BBC One August 24th.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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