Great British Bake Off’s race row over Japanese week has continued after a Japanese actress Naoko Mori waded into the debate over the show’s steamed buns.
Social media was awash with fans in furore over the “mildly racist crossovers” between Japan and China on Great British Bake Off on Tuesday.
Also contestant Hermine, 39, came under fire for choosing to decorate her steamed buns as pandas which are the native bear to south central China – not Japan.
Japanese actress Naoko, 48, waded into the debate as she slammed the show as “offensive” in a furious Twitter storm.
The Torchwood star pointed out steamed buns first originated from China – something which was also recognised by many viewers.
She wrote: “Uh oh.. Fact: Steamed buns actually originate from China. Chinese stir fry.. Fish sauce.. Coriander… = #NotJapanese Perhaps you should’ve called it ‘Asian Week’ or ‘Chinese Week’ @Channel4.”
Followed by: “Dearest @BritishBakeOff@PaulHollywood@Channel4 So far, I’m a tad baffled (and saddened) as to why you called tonight’s #GBBO Japanese Week. This is kinda like saying it’s French Week – and then baking Cornish pasties or Welsh Cakes or Strudel…”
In a string of seething tweets, Naoko told her 17.5k following Japanese week was an “insult to us Japanese and our culture”.
She went on: “CORRECTION: I’m no longer a tad baffled. I’m now offended by @BritishBakeOff ‘s ‘Japanese’ Week. My feelings are no longer KAWAII. They are now KOWAI.”
“Not only was this insulting to us Japanese and our culture, you also likely insulted the Chinese, as well as the intelligence of a great many viewers of #gbbo who all know the difference between the two, and that Baos (Steamed Buns) are Chinese… (Cont’d).
“A tiny token sprinkle of Matcha powder on a pancake doth not a Japanese make. Nor bake. Please. Do better.”
Many angry fans were riled up over Japanese week and in agreement with the actress on social media.
Others added: “Steam bun isn’t Japanese it’s from China c’mon #GBBO Available in Japan.”
“There’s going to be a lot of China/Japan mildly racist crossovers tonight isn’t there? #GBBO.”
“Steam buns are from China not Japan. #gbbo.”
“To be fair steam buns originated in China #gbbo.”
Contestants were also feeling the heat of the race row raging on social media.
Fans blasted Hermine for her panda decoration because they are the native bears to south central China.
Leading the troops, one wrote: “Pandas are from China tho #gbbo.”
Others added: ” #GBBO pandas are associated with China… not Japan.”
“They said it was Japanese week but they keep mentioning China???? #GBBO.”
Mirror Online has approached Channel 4 for further comment.