Great British Bake Off/Baking Show judge Paul Hollywood is in a world of pain right now after a photo of the pastry chef wearing a Nazi uniform surfaced online. The Sun originally shared this photo, which were snapped 14 years ago, at a Pub in Kent, England.
Hollywood says that he and a friend decided to dress up like characters from the British World War II-themed sitcom ‘Allo, ‘Allo for a costume party they were going to. Obviously, dressing up like a Nazi foot soldier — under any circumstance — is something that could offend people, especially in a public setting like a neighborhood pub. Hollywood issued a statement shortly after the Sun ran this pic:
I am absolutely devastated if this caused offense to anyone, the picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a comedy TV Show 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.
Of course, the fact that it was taken in 2003, before he was famous, doesn’t really change anything — he made the decision fully knowing what this iconography means to people.
This scandal doesn’t bode well for Hollywood, who is everyone’s least favorite member of the original Bake Off/Baking Show lineup. Paul was the only member of the old crew who made the switch to a new network earlier this year.
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