A Great British Bake Off contestant has revealed that he received racist abuse after appearing on the hugely popular BBC One show.
On Wednesday evening (August 31) an audience exceeding 10 million saw Rav Bansal progress to the third round of this week’s contest, but he revealed on Twitter the following day that one viewer had referred to him using a racial slur.
“So today I was asked ‘are you the p*ki on the not so British bake off?’ Really, in 2016?” Banal, who lives in Kent, wrote on Twitter.
So today I was asked 'are you the p*ki on the not so British bake off?' Really, in 2016? ?
— Rav Bansal (@RavSBansal) September 1, 2016
Bansal returned to Twitter today (September 2) to thank fans for their support after he shared the racist incident with them. “Thank you for all the kind messages, I am fine, honestly,” he wrote.
Thank you for all the kind messages, I am fine, honestly ? It's Friday and the weekend is in touching distance, all good!! #PositiveVibes
— Rav Bansal (@RavSBansal) September 2, 2016
Last year’s Great British Bake Off winner, Nadia Hussain, revealed during an interview on Desert Island Discs recently that she has encountered so much racist abuse during her lifetime that she now comes to “expect it”.
“Through my early teens when you had big things happening in the news like September 11 … you do get abuse and I did get abuse,” she recalled. “I’ve had things thrown at me and been pushed and shoved. It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it.”
Meanwhile, Coronation Street was forced to apologise earlier this week following complaints over a comment made on the show that was deemed racist by many viewers.