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Blimey, things have come to a pretty pass

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.

16 thoughts on “Blimey, things have come to a pretty pass”

  1. It’s worse than that. On the BBC young musician show a few evenings ago, I saw a young white person playing the Marimba. Is there no end to this cultural appropriation?

  2. Viewers have criticised the British television staple for this portrayal of Mexicans in the episode

    By ‘viewers’ do they perchance mean half a dozen wankers on Twatter, only one of whom saw the show?

    Dr Gabriela Ramos, associate Professor of Latin American History at Cambridge

    Cambridge seems to have an inexhaustible supply of chippy academics from the world’s most obvious shitholes.

  3. Cambridge seems to have an inexhaustible supply of chippy academics from the world’s most obvious shitholes.

    It’s a step up from having an inexhaustible supply of communist traitors.

  4. And in a future episode presenters will superglue themselves to work surfaces and the recipes will be about 3 ways of producing bread without turning the oven on. No?

  5. Very culturally insensitive criticism there, of cultural insensitivity. Sombrero is the spanish word for hat. Baseball cap, trilby, bowler, fedora’, bobble hat. They’re all sombreros. Haven’t the vaguest what the name of the Pancho Villa Special is in spanish. I’ll ask La Mexicana next time I see her. But it definitely isn’t sombrero. It’s a generic.

  6. MC +100

    Gabriela can ‘Vete a la mierda’*.

    * It’s from Google translate – don’t blame me if really means my hovercraft is full of eels.

  7. I suppose they could make it more representative by including copious quantities of cocaine and ending with a gun and machete massacre and a neat pyramid of severed heads.

    I watch that.

  8. It’s a step up from having an inexhaustible supply of communist traitors.

    Is it?

    At least Kim Philby didn’t actively hate the English.

  9. Quite right too.
    After being subjected to two years of intensive racism, I feel an almost uncontrollable urge, when a pass a yellow haired black woman in the street, to rush into the nearest newsagent, buy a felt tip pen and become an “activist”!

  10. In a reciprocal gesture, The Great Mexican Bake Off has agreed to cover the bags of Homepride flour because they feature little men in bowler hats.

  11. There’s probably more Americans watching the show than Mexicans either offended or living in the UK.

    Hopefully no kowtowing to those over sensitive Yankees shall be done.

  12. We’ll ignore the fact that Mexicans do indeed wear sarapes and sombreros.
    T-shirts & a baseball cap worn back to front is more the mode de jour.

  13. The Mexican culture is itself a mix of Spanish, Aztec and Mayan cultures. And Spanish has elements of Moorish culture. Dr Gamos herself is a product of ‘cultural appropriation’ teaching in a celebrated English institution.

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