I have GBBO on in the background while I work on grant budgets and honestly the only thing more upsetting than what Paul Hollywood thinks a bagel looks like is this hetero appropriation of rainbow symbols
he is always an unequivocal reality show villain during Bread Week, just strutting around the tent demanding that everyone tremble before him in awe of his bread prowess, but somehow he's even worse in this one
Jewish queers I'm so sorry you do not deserve this toxicity
i cannot believe he no homo'd a fucking bagel
WHAT A GREAT QUESTION the answer is that Paul Hollywood did not want anyone even accidentally for one second to think he did something for gay reasons

also it's not clear whether "it originated in America" was referring to the bagel (false; Eastern Europe), the rainbow (false; the sky) or the rainbow bagel (fine, this is depressingly plausible), but either way, none of those things have ANYTHING to do with the NHS
I'm unreasonably furious about this
i'm SO MAD and i love that everyone who watched this had the exact same furious reaction on behalf of both gays AND bagels, two of the Lord's greatest creations
Sue Perkins would never have allowed this
the rainbows only have 5 colors, there's no purple, THAT's why it somehow looked weird to me

why does omitting the purple from the rainbow somehow make this whole thing feel even MORE homophobic
this would of course be so easily remedied by a format where specialists in particular kinds of baking come in week to week to help the contestants build new skills, but that would require Paul and Prue not being treated like universal culinary gods who are experts at everything
I switched to the one Netflix calls s1 (Chetna, Richard the builder, Jordan the weirdo, Kate with the pink hair, and Martha the high school student) and it is so healing to have Mel and Sue back

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really saying the quiet part loud about how what they define as a "brilliant woman" is one who will never threaten male superiority

it's like men who say they like women with a sense of humor but they really just mean "laugh at MY jokes, don't make your own"
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watch the DS9 documentary where the other actors rave about how much they learned from him!!!
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