In the latest example of Western capitulation to the Chinese Communist Party, a cake celebrating pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong has been removed from the Cake International baking show in the United Kingdom for being “offensive”.
Cake International, which hosts cake-makers from around the world, dubbing itself “The World’s Greatest Cake Show”, has come under fire for banning a Hong Kong protests themed cake — but allowing a cake lampooning U.S. President Donald Trump to enter.
The cake, designed by a baker from the 3rd Space café in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, was decorated with prominent symbols of the Hong Kong protest movement, including umbrellas, yellow hard hats, tear gas canisters, and a Guy Fawkes mask. Inside the cake was a music box that played “Glory to Hong Kong”, a song that has become an anthem of the protest movement.
The presence of the cake sparked a backlash from some Chinese people who attended the show. The café released on its Instagram page an email that it had received from Cake International, which said that “The content and message behind the cake has been viewed as offensive and led to complaints from attendees, therefore the decision has been taken to withdraw it from the competition.”
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今天，我們有人被捕，我們有人遠赴英國出賽被政治DQ。我們覺得不忿憤怒，但我們仍然會做自己，會上訴會爭取，即使最後結果不能盡如人意，但我們仍會用多一口氣告訴你，你錯了 #大會在沒有告知情況下把音樂關掉 #現附上完整連音樂的片段 One of our teammates joined the cake international show and got disqualified due to complaints from Chinese candidates, claiming that this cake contains offensive content by promoting independence of Hong Kong. #politicalcensorshipinUK #nec #cakeshows #cakeinternational2019 #thecakeshows2019 #cakeart #cakedecoration #cakedecorating 不要用一顶「港独」的帽子去抹杀了解事情的机会
In a statement on Facebook, Cake International said that the cake was removed from the competition area after receiving complaints and threats to “damage the piece”.
However, the show later claimed that the final decision to remove the piece was due to the cake being “oversized” because one of the umbrellas on the cake was hanging over the “allowed area”.
A spokesperson for the café speaking to the BBC said it was “obvious that it was an excuse that they came up [with] to cover their political censorship.”
Another politically-inspired cake, an unflattering depiction of President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was allowed to be displayed at the same show.
At the same time, a competitor created the cake with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un on it. The cake is not being disqualified.
Cake International is so disgusting as it kneel before CCP!
— yannnnnn (@yannnnnn111) November 3, 2019
Protests in Hong Kong were initially sparked by the introduction of a controversial extradition law by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, but have morphed into a wider movement calling for democratic rights and freedom to be restored to the city.
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— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 28, 2019