“Still absolutely reeling from the injustice of last night”
is how one person described it. “As if the BBC hadn't shamed themselves enough
recently” quotes another. I genuinely don't think I'll ever get over it I'm
crying adds a third. So what caused all this outrage? Quite simply they are all
talking about Wednesday nights BBC TV Show Great British Bake Off.
For one of the challenges on the show they had to make a
Baked Alaska for which they needed ice cream. The contestants made the ice
cream themselves and put it in the freezer before making the other parts of the
dessert. The show showed one of the contestants, Iain discovering that his ice
cream had been taken out of the freezer by Diane, one of the other contestants.
Iain, realizing that the ice cream had melted chucked the whole dessert in the
bin and so had nothing to show the judges at the end. Mary Berry described this
as ‘unacceptable’ and Iain was the baker removed from the show this week.
The reaction on twitter was fast and furious. Diane, a 79
year old Woman’s Institute Judge has been described as evil and a witch by
various people on twitter and has been roundly vilified for her alleged
‘sabotage’ of another contestants bake.
At one point 6 out of the top 10 trending topics on twitter was Great
British Bake Off related. One ‘Bring back Iain’ tweet has already received
nearly 3,000 re-tweets. Not that it will
happen, the whole series has already been filmed. I wonder what it will be like
if Diane ends up winning the competition.
It is the sense that this goes against the values of fair
play and justice that has caused such an incredibly reaction. The reaction on
twitter was more entertaining that the TV show itself. I wonder if the BBC knew
that this would get such a huge reaction. The must have expected some reaction
as they plugged the incident before the show got aired. To me car-crash TV at
Compare this to Channel 4’s The Last Leg. A show started during
the London Paralympics, hosted by disabled comic Adam Hills which looked at the
days sporting events from the Paralympics. Being live it encouraged people to
ask those difficult questions that people were afraid to ask about disability
using the hashtag #isitok. It has gone on to be a show about the week’s events
in general but still with an anti-discriminatory theme. It’s a show that I
Following the death
of comic Robin Williams, Adam Hills made a passionate tribute the man and
mocked members of the Westboro Baptist Church who planned to pickets Robin’s
funeral claiming the he promoted homosexuality through his various roles and
often ‘mocked god’. In the last episode Adam posted a tweet stating that he was
supporting the Planting Peace’s Fight Hate with Love campaign and that they
were raising funds for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A charity that Robin Williams was openly
passionate about. Planting Peace’s HQ is directly opposite the Westboro Baptist
church and have a philosophy of addressing acts of hate and intolerance with
compassion and love. So their hate of Robin Williams they are turning to Love
for a cause that Robin loved. Adam Hills asked during the show for people to
re-tweet his tweet and people have done that in their thousands. However,
people have done more than that. Whilst Adam never said on the show to donate
money, people have done. At the time of writing nearly $45,000 has been donated
by viewers of the show. They were not prompted to do so. This was not a TV
appeal for money. Values of injustice has once again came to the fore. For a
relatively small show late on a Friday night to get such a reaction is
tremendous. All credit to Channel 4, Adam Hills, and all involved in this
wonderful piece of TV.
So two different TV shows, two completely different outcomes
but both as a result of peoples values of justice and fair play.
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