There is a time when we just tell ’em to fuck off

Prue Leith could stop mentioning calories on The Great British Bake Off after food campaigners accused her of “triggering” viewers.

The presenter often passes judgement on contestant’s work with the comments “it is worth the calories” or “it is not worth the calories”, but campaign group Beat alleged that this can be upsetting for viewers with eating disorders.

About now I’d guess.

We’re a couple of generations into an interesting experiment. There are no mass or immediate dangers to us. Everybody – to any statistically sensible definition – gets to eat, have a roof over head, change of clothes, medical treatment and on. There’s no war threatening us. Tragedy happens, sure, but it’s personal and individual – cancer, a car crash.

Yet there seems to be a need to have something to worry about – a constant perhaps of human nature. So, we have ever more people “having concerns” over entire piffle.

15 thoughts on “There is a time when we just tell ’em to fuck off”

  1. Not sure I agree that there are no mass or immediate dangers to us. We live in times when governments are slandering, sacking and even threatening to jail people who don’t much fancy taking an unlicensed injection with a dodgy risk profile for a relatively mild virus that was created by American-funded scientists from the Peoples Liberation Army. Even if it’s all happened by accident this appears to me to be a massive and immediate danger.

  2. If people find programmes about food upsetting, why would they watch them? I don’t watch them because I find them boring.

  3. “campaign group Beat alleged that this can be upsetting for viewers with eating disorders.”

    Beat: the meat.

  4. We are in the middle of a massive powergrab by the world’s political scum under guise of a fucking virus/vax scam. If you cant see that you should shut the blog and go somewhere to meditate for a decade. They wont let you of course but it is hardly rocket science. Instead you are BS-ing with all the other mugs about Govt lies. Wake up Tim.

  5. campaign group Beat alleged that this can be upsetting for viewers with eating disorders

    The “eating disorder” being the compulsive viewing of food programmes.

  6. It’s one of those physical laws of conservation, like energy or momentum.
    The Law of Conservation of Bed-Wetting.
    I wonder which is the matching symmetry?

    “The Sky is going to fall off a cliff and crash into the Greenhouse and we’re all going to die!” has only temporarily been superseded by “The Wu-Fllu will make us all grow 3 heads and eat brains and we’re all going to die!”

    In a few months, it’ll be “Microplastics are making our willies drop off and destroying fertility, and we’re all going to die!”

    Personally, I favour “We are living in the richest, safest, best time in all of human history, so enjoy a long healthy and productive life, and then you are going to die”.

    Now, must get on with some panicing.

  7. What I find amusing is fretting about calories on a show that is about baking cakes, pies and bread. Sort of like watching F1 and worrying that the cars might be breaking the speed limit.

  8. “We are living in the richest, safest, best time in all of human history, so enjoy a long healthy and productive life, and then you are going to die”.

    Well yes TtC. I like this one best too!!

  9. @Stonyground To be fair.. F1 cars do break the speed limit. Mazespin didn’t get his nickname for nothing, and there’ve been a couple of beauts by others this season..

    And every bloody race there’s the Campaigners waving banners about Carbon Footprints and stuff, or trying court cases why a race shouldn’t take place because of Gaia in one of her guises..

  10. I call it The Law of the Conservation of Fretting. The first time I used it in conversation it was greeted with glee. But that was decades ago; would anyone find it amusing now in the era AC (after Covid)?

  11. I’m going to suggest that, if you have an eating disorder, part of your self-care should be not fucking watching cooking shows.

    And if you do – don’t continue to watch the ones that upset you. There’s an ‘off-switch’ on the tv for a reason.

  12. “If you have an eating disorder, then why are you watching a baking program?”

    I imagine that would be considered hate speech in the UK.

  13. While the way of expressing the complaint (“triggering”) is silly, the underlying issue is real enough. Viewers don’t care about the calories, so why keep going on about it? It would be like Formula 1 commentary constantly remarking that you shouldn’t use the F1 cars at home as the neighbours would complain about the noise. That’s just annoying.

  14. People have been trained by countless examples that “having concerns” means that they get power to limit the freedoms of other people. Power = status = desirable is hardwired into humans, ergo…

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