Many viewers of The Great British Bake Off didn’t find his “Mexican week” that great.
Dozens of people on social media criticized the episode, which aired in the UK and US in recent days, for alleged cultural appropriation. They cited his use of visual stereotypes, such as co-hosts Matt Lucas and Noah Fielding wearing sarapes and sombreros in the very first scene, and puns – noting the couple’s discussion of “Mexican jokes” to risk offending people – “not even juan”.
An user tweeted“16 seconds into #GBBO’s Mexican Week ep and I’m already offended.”
Another viewer wrote“I just want you to understand *how* that’s fucking racist,” in response to a clip of Lucas shaking maracas in the episode.
Viewers also criticized mispronunciations of names of dishes such as “guacamole”, “besos” and “pico de gallo” by stars and how the co-judge Prue Leith comments that the cakes look Mexican because they have “bright colors”.