Shall we list the ways GBBO shows a healthy culture in direct contrast to American culture?
1. Manners - everyone in the show is saying please & thank you all the time
2. Taking criticism - those who take it generally say "thank you," or "okay" as in, "I'm taking a note" not
as "I'm thinking of ways to murder you for daring to criticize me" or "You are so dumb and I am so right" of Americans on reality shows or, yanno, on Twitter
3. The contestants are very clearly supportive of each other and appear to make friends from the experience, as opposed to
"I'm not here to make friends" cutthroat Americans
4. No one takes the show, the contest, the baking, or themselves particularly seriously, which IMO is the key to the show and exactly what Americans are worst at
5. Altho it's hard to tell given the editing & my lack of expertise
it appears that the criticism given is legit and actually mostly helpful, in that the judges usually get straight to the point of how the product compares to the others and which aspects could be fixed & how. That actually is useful criticism, not pointless invective.
6. There's nothing really at stake - no huge money prize, not even for charity, just bragging rights. That Americans seem to think nothing is worth doing unless there's a cash prize is...indicative of our collapse as a culture.
7. The contestants very rarely meltdown & when
it's close, they pull themselves together & you can see how everyone else in tent is rooting for that, instead of exploiting a meltdown for the drama.
8. When contestants leave, they almost always say they were grateful for the experience, not "I'll show them they were wrong!"
(IOW, they treat the contest as a learning experience rather than a penis measuring demonstration, which is how you actually get good at stuff)
9. The judges alwys name flaws in the product, not the person, & when it's really bad both judges & baker tend to have humor ab it, as
in, "lol, that one didn't work!" not "that's ME in that cake how dare you criticize!"
10. Even the show's obligatory baddie, Paul Hollywood, who is a bit of an ass, doesn't break the rules above and shows real (slightly grudging) respect when he quite regularly bestows his famous
handshake - I never see real collegial mutual respect in any American setting tbh. There has to be some real high standard for any real learning to happen, so long as it's done with mutual personal respect. I wld argue that even Paul mostly achieves this, as opp to Simon Cowell.
All this said, as delightful as GBBO is, the still better show is @TheRepairShop, with no contest or competition at all, just fixing, healing, renewing, and the pleasures of craftsmanship for its own sake. Please bring more seasons to the US, @netflix!

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