Lady hero of the week: GBBO finalist Ruby Tandoh fights back against haters & sexism

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GBBO finalist Ruby Tandoh has sparked some serious reactions. She's got something to say on the matter...

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When entering a television baking competition, we doubt Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh expected to be spearheading a debate over sexism in cooking, TV, nay, the world.

However the former model, 21, has not only proved herself a talented baker, but an eloquent speaker on the matter, intelligently putting down haters, shamers and misogynists.

Writing for the Guardian after Raymond Blanc decided to make a bullish rant on Twitter about Ruby's weight and 'female tears' in the show (slow clap Raymond, you buffoon), the finalist had quite rightly had enough.

'I am tired of defending myself against the boring, inevitable accusations of flirting with Paul Hollywood, of emotionally manipulating the judges and of somehow surfing into the final on a tidal wave of tears,' she writes.

'My self-doubt has been simultaneously labelled pathetic, fake, attention-seeking and manipulative,' she continued.

'If a show as gentle as Bake Off can stir up such a sludge of lazy misogyny in the murky waters of the internet, I hate to imagine the full scale of the problem. But it's not something I'm willing to tolerate. Sod the haters. I'm going to have my cupcake and eat it, too.'

Fair bloody play Ruby. We salute you.

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