When the British aren’t allowed to make jokes about Dagoes any more:
Great British Bake Off has been criticised as culturally insensitive over its “Mexican Week”, which features hosts wearing sombreros.
The Channel 4 programme’s last episode featured presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas in sombreros and sarapes (colourful cloaks), making puns about not being able to make even “Juan” joke about Mexico.
Viewers have criticised the British television staple for this portrayal of Mexicans in the episode, which also featured Fielding and Lucas playing the maracas.
Dr Gabriela Ramos, associate Professor of Latin American History at Cambridge, said that while she did not wish to make a scandal out of the show it showed a “problem of education”.
She added it indicated “a lack of interest and poor information in this country about other parts and people of the world”.
True, taking the piss out of those poor folk who didn’t win that lottery ticket in life could be seen as insensitive. But then taking the piss out of foreigners is something we’ve been doing to many a century now. It’s part of our culture to do so.
On the basic grounds that we take the piss our of any- and every- thing. As here – taking the piss oout of not being able to think up any jokes to use to take the piss out of Johnny Foreigner.
This subject of cultural sensitivity – why are we insensitive to hte English being able to protray our own culture? Taking the piss out of absolutely everything.