HK protest cake disqualified from UK competition

Elias Hubbard
November 6, 2019

A Hong Kong protest-themed cake has been removed from the Cake International 2019 decorating competition in Birmingham, England, after Chinese contestants filed complaints to the organizers of the event.

The entry by a baker from the third House cafe in Hong Kong included pretend tear fuel and a determine made to seem like a typical protester clad in black and carrying a tough hat.

It featured protest symbols including umbrellas and a Guy Fawkes mask.

It was impressed by the "streets (of) Hong Kong", a spokesperson for the cafe informed the BBC. In a video posted on Instagram, the designers of the cake, who work at 3rd Space, a Hong Kong restaurant, urged people to understand and learn about the situation in their city. It said the cake was "not to schedule" because the rules said "no part of the exhibit can overhang the allowed area" and "oversized exhibits will be disqualified".

Cake International first turned off a speaker on the cake that was playing a protest anthem, before emailing 3rd Space to say it had been withdrawn.

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".

The organisers of the competition in Birmingham said in a Facebook post dated Sunday that the removal of the piece from the competition area "was due to complaints about its content with some threatening to damage the piece" but said it had judged the entry based on cake decorating skills only.

Some replied to Cake International's explanation with sarcastic posts showing a cake decorated as the Chinese flag as the "winner", while others asked why the cake's creator had been punished instead of those who threatened the entry.

The company said it goes against the principle the competition is meant to uphold to provide an inclusive platform.

'The organisers have no prior knowledge of the cakes that are going to be entered into the competition.

Violence has been growing in Hong Kong, where a knifeman recently left a politician with a severed ear and five people with stab wounds as political clashes rumbled on.

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