GBBO contestant bullied online for making the finals

Spoiler alert: if you haven’t watched the semi-final episode of GBBO/GBBS, stop and return after you have done so.

I have to admit that my favorite contestant of the series did not make it through to the finals. Hermine made an unwise decision to use untested recipes in the semi-final, and she paid the price by being eliminated. Up to that point, she had outclassed Laura, who squeaked past her to make it to the last week of the competition. Despite her obvious disappointment, Hermine handled the departure with grace and dignity.

Unfortunately, online bullies began to harass Laura, and the comments became so toxic that Laura tweeted about it, saying “It’s okay to be sad your favorite person didn’t go through, but please remember it’s not my fault. I don’t make the decisions. GBBO is all about kindness and I haven’t seen much of that on here.” Hermine also responded to the haters, posting a message on Instagram in support of Laura. Paul Hollywood was also prompted to comment, noting that each week of the Bake Off is judged independently and has been since the show’s inception.

GBBO has been an uplifting program since it does not feature the same type of backbiting and challenges designed to provoke unnatural drama that many other food competitions possess. It is a shame that online trolls sully the show’s good natured disposition. Despite my quibbles with the show’s format since it moved to Channel 4 – it has moved toward other food competitions in character more than I like – it still felt like a balm in an otherwise crazy world. Let’s hope people can leave the vitriol behind and focus on the good instead.

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  • Shelmar  on  November 21, 2020

    I wish GBBO could leave the sexual comments off, but I agree that it’s civility was always part of its appeal to me.

  • inflytur  on  November 21, 2020

    I have no words. Why could anyone other than a fan care, and how could “fans” so misunderstand GBBO?

  • anya_sf  on  November 25, 2020

    So sad about the bullying. Despite the changes, GBBO is still a very positive program. I agree with Shelmar, though – the sexual jokes are inappropriate for a family show – they make my son uncomfortable.

  • KaoriTokyo  on  November 29, 2020

    We watchers must remember we are not the ones eating their cake.(As a Japanese,their knowledge about japan is questionable though)I’ve read Dave also got nasty comment after his baby was born.

    I love innuendo on GBBO,maybe American people do not like it because of American culture,Though look at Peter or Henry of last year,grew up watching GBBO and now fine young men.

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