Imagine going onto a baking show to show off your skills, only for people to start debating over your gender identity online.
The popular Channel 4 Great British Bake Off show has managed to knead in extremely talented contestants every year, putting bakers up against the clock to make showstoppers, technical challenges and trademark big bakes.
While most bakers are there to hopefully win the baking crown and put their experience to the ultimate test, it’s inevitable that viewers will become attached and want to know everything there is to know about them.
Whether that’s their boyfriend, children, sexuality and even their favourite food – some fans won’t hold back from trying to find out.
An example of a GBBO rumour that has already started to spread involves fans speculating that Peter is transgender.
The power of fans taking on social media is stronger than many think, but what gives them right to put a label on someone they barely know?
Peter’s time on Bake Off 2020
Those who are familiar with the show are aware that when it comes to baking – disasters can happen. But most of the contestants that end up doing well have two things: experience and planning.
While it is difficult to know who will win over judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood at this stage, it obviously becomes much clearer once it gets to the halfway point of the competition.
Peter is now known for his fine details when it comes to his bakes, and is well-recognised for making gluten-free dishes, having always cooked for his gluten intolerant brother Andrew since he was 12.
Throw in speculation from audiences that Peter wears lipstick, or the fact he added details such as purple flowers to his caged tart (Pastry Week), and suddenly some viewers think that Peter is transgender.
Peter also reportedly has a love for traditional, feminine hobbies, which has led to more fans questioning his gender identity and sexuality.
Yet the underlining part to remember here is that Peter hasn’t ever addressed his sexuality or gender identity.
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Diversity on Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off prides itself on an ability to showcase British culture in its best and most modern form, from multi-culture, sexuality to gender diversity.
We hope viewers can watch Peter make his bakes look pretty without having to speculate over his gender.
WATCH THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF ON TUESDAYS AT 8 PM ON CHANNEL 4