What is the gay on gay hate for Brendan ABOUT? It's really worrying the number of young gay men on my Twitter and Facebook feeds spewing hatred for him.
Is it because elderly gay men rarely appear on TV outside the uber-confident entertainer model? Is it because gay men over a certain age are generally under-respresented. Do lots of gay people have a repressed fear of getting old that expresses itself in this kind of vitriol? Like we should all disappear in a burst of pink glitter on hitting the age of 35? Some people were calling him a paedophile for Christ sake. It really perplexes me...
Part of the downside of attracting a wider audience is that the competition inevitably comes to be talked about in terms of popularity over ability. I've been surprised by how many people watching this series and claiming to be "avid fans" (many of the Brendan-hating variety) haven't actually seen the series before, and express such surprise that this is actually the third series! Part of the original joy of Bake Off is that there might be people you disliked but would accept that they deserved to do well because they were, technically, better. But to a viewer more used to X Factor or Strictly than a BBC2 baking competition, this is an alien concept. While judging people striving for entertainment careers on their personality seems justifiable, calling someone that just wants to bake a cake well "vile" seems a bit out of order.
And as the show moves to BBC1 for series 4, I'll expect much of the same.
As for the final. John deserved to win on the final bake alone. It looked DIVINE. Brendan's, while technically good I'm sure, fell into a familiar trap of kitschness. James I simply think was out classed. His final bake was indicative of his entire approach; slapdash, inprecise, winging it; a hope that his label as a 'maverick' would compensate for his lack of ability. I always go the sense that Paul had bought into this image of James, but in the end, even he couldn't swallow it.