Great British Baking Show Contestant Claps Back At Online Hate

TV shows like "The Great British Baking Show" have been instrumental in shaping many careers in the culinary industry, giving talented chefs a chance to demonstrate their skills on an influential platform. According to a piece by Mental Floss, it's tough being part of "The Great British Baking Show," as participants are constantly on their feet and have hectic schedules, which means that they get very little time to unwind.

For some participants, being in the public eye is tough in more ways than one. One example? George Aristidou, who has been competing on the show's current season has been forced to deal with online hate. Per Insider, the baker was not hitting the mark during Pastry Week, which put him in a vulnerable position. However, he didn't get eliminated from the show and one of his peers was shown the door instead. This annoyed many viewers who took to social media to attack Aristidou.

George Aristidou shot back at haters

As viewers expressed their disagreement with the judges' decision to keep George Aristidou on "The Great British Baking Show," the competitor in question chose to speak up for himself, per Insider. One of the things that have worked in the contestant's favor is that he has chosen to stay optimistic throughout his time on "The Great British Baking Show" despite everything he has been through, so when haters came for him online, Aristidou took the high road and focused on the positive aspects of his experience thus far. 

Per Entertainment Daily, Aristidou first expressed gratitude for those who have been supporting him and other participants on the TV show. He went on to address the haters on his Instagram Story, where he wrote, "To the minority who feel it's ok to privately message hateful opinions to make people feel bad about themselves is not cool." He continued, "Can I just remind you it's a baking show that we all auditioned for and you do not have to go out of your way to spread hate." He added a series of hashtags, asking viewers to be kind and spread love instead of hate.