An unfortunate picture of Paul Hollywood -- a beloved celebrity chef featured on the delightful "Great British Bakeoff" (renamed "The Great British Baking Show" for a US release) -- dressed as a nazi has been shared on social media, garnering outrage and shock from fans.
The image was published by British tabloid The Sun.
“Paul and his mate popped in for a drink and their wives joined them later," said an unnamed source. "To them it was a great big joke to be wearing a Nazi uniform, and they were laughing about it and happily posed for a picture at the bar... But some found it offensive — especially the fact they thought it was really funny."
Paul has since issued an apology for the costume. In a statement, he said, “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone. The picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a comedy TV shows themed New Year’s Eve party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo! Everyone who knows me knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”
British comedian Ricky Gervais offered his opinions on the situation on Twitter:
Others on social media also chimed in:
Despite the wholesome content on "GBBO," this isn't the show's first controversy. Following the departure of hosts Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc, and Sue Perkins from the program, comedian Noel Fielding was hired as a replacement. Fielding has previously been criticized for appearing in blackface during absurdist comedy skits and art projects.
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