Great British Bake-Off viewers shocked by ‘explicit’ image of male squirrel

Hide the children!

All eyes should have been on the delicious array of cakes and pastries prepared by the finalists of the Great British Bake Off.

But winner Joanne Wheatley’s moment of glory had to play second fiddle to a squirrel.

The rodent, seen loitering in the grounds of the mansion where the BBC2 show was filmed, was the subject of a lingering camera shot.

And viewers could not help noticing its unmistakably masculine appearance.

Clips were posted on YouTube, while hundreds took to social networks and TV forums to discuss it.

One joked: ‘This evening’s Great British Bake Off contains full-frontal squirrel nudity which some viewers may find startling.’

Another said: ‘A squirrel is flashing everyone on the Great British Bake Off.’

Others were more disturbed by the image, complaining it was an unnecessary and unwelcome distraction on a show about baking. Since the programme was recorded some time ago, it could easily have been edited out.

“Its unmistakably masculine appearance.” This squirrel has really huge nuts, is what the Daily Mail is trying to tell you. XXX squirrel pic below the fold.


squirrel with very large nuts

Heeeeey, squirrel, call me sometime.

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29 Responses

  1. Nahida
    Nahida October 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |

    Why is it so human .__.

  2. Alcharisi
    Alcharisi October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |

    “This squirrel has really huge nuts”

    I see what you did there.

    Also, if he wore jeans and got them stuck in the fly, would that be a squirrel nut zipper?

  3. Lara Emily Foley
    Lara Emily Foley October 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    Clearly it was BBC and not the squirrel who dropped the ball here.

  4. auditorydamage
    auditorydamage October 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |

    We, as a species, really need to stop panicking about exposed genitalia.

  5. anonymouse
    anonymouse October 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm |

    Nahida:
    Why is it so human .__.

    Because it’s a mammal?

  6. Fat Steve
    Fat Steve October 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm |

    winner Joanne Wheatley’s

    ARRRGH SPOILER ALERT!!!!

    I just downloaded the entire series and was going to watch all 6 episodes this weekend! To be honest, it’s not about the winner, it’s about the baking, I learned so many great recipes and techniques from last series. And of course who doesn’t love Mel and Sue?

  7. igglanova
    igglanova October 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    Aw, but it’s so cute, though! Are these the kind of people who won’t buy a male puppy because they’re squeamish about dog dick?

  8. Nahida
    Nahida October 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

    But all mammals don’t look the same!

    …right?

  9. llama
    llama October 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm |

    Nice to see an ingenious squirrel getting the limelight for a change.

  10. Marksman2010
    Marksman2010 October 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm |

    Maybe they’re just jealous.

  11. Aydan
    Aydan October 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm |

    Seriously? It’s considered scandalous or “shocking” to see squirrel genitalia? (Referencing the article, not this post.)

    … what planet am I on again?

  12. llama
    llama October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm |

    llama:
    Nice to see an ingenious squirrel getting the limelight for a change.

    Oh fuck, I meant “indigenous squirrel” (this one appears to be a red squirrel not one of those nasty North American imports).

  13. FashionablyEvil
    FashionablyEvil October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm |

    (this one appears to be a red squirrel not one of those nasty North American imports).

    Does it? It looks like one of the North American ones to me. Sometimes they have brown edges to their fur.

    Either way, I think we should name him John Holmes.

  14. Marksman2010
    Marksman2010 October 7, 2011 at 1:22 am |

    Photoshopped for an “extension” perhaps?

  15. llama
    llama October 7, 2011 at 3:29 am |

    FashionablyEvil:
    Either way, I think we should name him John Holmes.

    Your showing your age with that suggestion :P

  16. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni October 7, 2011 at 5:45 am |

    Fat Steve – I adore them. Have done since their Light Lunch days, even got to see them live, but got too starstruck to see them backstage! I used to belong to their official forum and met some great people there, so I’ll always be a fan.

    Aydan – are you not familiar with the Daily Mail? Put it this way, they make Michele Bachman look progressive.

  17. raven
    raven October 7, 2011 at 8:00 am |

    llama: Oh fuck, I meant “indigenous squirrel”(this one appears to be a red squirrel not one of those nasty North American imports).

    nah, that’s a north american grey squirrel. british red squirrels are smaller, redder, and have tufty ears. think “squirrel nutkin”.

  18. Fat Steve
    Fat Steve October 7, 2011 at 10:42 am |

    Paraxeni:
    Fat Steve – I adore them.Have done since their Light Lunch days, even got to see them live, but got too starstruck to see them backstage!I used to belong to their official forum and met some great people there, so I’ll always be a fan.

    Aydan – are you not familiar with the Daily Mail?Put it this way, they make Michele Bachman look progressive.

    My friend saw Sue Perkins walking down Totenham Court road the other day…he said she actually looks better without the TV style makeup.

    The Daily Mail website contains some of the most hilariously ignorant commenters I’ve seen and those are always the comments that get the most ‘likes’.

    P.S. WHen I said I downloaded those shows, I didn’t mean to imply I did anything illegal, I didn’t mean to imply anything, I’m saying nothing more, Officer.

  19. llama
    llama October 7, 2011 at 10:47 am |

    raven: nah, that’s a north american grey squirrel. british red squirrels are smaller, redder, and have tufty ears. think “squirrel nutkin”.

    Why didn’t they kill the thing then?

  20. llama
    llama October 7, 2011 at 10:47 am |

    I meant on tv it would have been even more shocking.

  21. Sheelzebub
    Sheelzebub October 7, 2011 at 10:55 am |

    Jill:
    Wow, almost 20 comments and no one has Taken Issue with this post yet. I am genuinely shocked. Glad we can all agree on squirrel nuts.

    I’ll bite.

    Me: JILL HOW COULD YOU SQUIRRELS ARE NOTHING BUT RATS WITH BUSHY TAILS WHO DIG UP MY WINDOW BOXES.

    Random troll: SHEELZEBUB, YOU ARE A PRIVILEGED FEMINIST BITCH WHO HATES ANIMALS, SQUIRRELS AND BONERS. WHAT ABOUT THE MEN.

    Me: HEY ASSHOLE, SQUIRRELS DO NOT EQUAL MEN.

    Random troll: YOU HAVE NO EMPATHY. BECAUSE THEY AREN’T EXACTLY ALIKE YOU DERIDE MY POINT. YOU ARE OPPRESSIVE BUT AT LEAST I TRIED.

  22. DAS
    DAS October 7, 2011 at 11:47 am |

    Sheelzebub’s channeling of a “what about the menz?” troll wins the thread!

  23. FashionablyEvil
    FashionablyEvil October 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm |

    Your showing your age with that suggestion :P

    I mean, we could call him Evan Stone if you prefer. I just thought the name John Holmes suited him.

  24. zuzu
    zuzu October 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm |

    Jill:
    Wow, almost 20 comments and no one has Taken Issue with this post yet. I am genuinely shocked. Glad we can all agree on squirrel nuts.

    I cannot believe you have allowed a post displaying sexism against male squirrels and speciesism to be posted on this blog. I am triggered. CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE. I shan’t be back.

    :::flounce::

  25. Ledasmom
    Ledasmom October 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

    Psshtttt. My guinea pig had bigger ones than that.

  26. Bagelsan
    Bagelsan October 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |

    Me: JILL HOW COULD YOU SQUIRRELS ARE NOTHING BUT RATS WITH BUSHY TAILS WHO DIG UP MY WINDOW BOXES.

    WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST RATS? RATS ARE AWESOME. YOU SUCK. I’D LIKE TO SEE YOU PERCH ON SOMEONE’S SHOULDER AND BITE THEIR EAR WITHOUT GETTING SMACKED; RATS ACCOMPLISH THIS EVERY DAY. EVERYONE CLEARLY LOVES RATS WAY MORE THAN THEY LOVE YOU.

  27. Jackie
    Jackie October 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm |

    I’m positive, it’s that crazy squirrel from the Twisted Whiskers cartoon!

  28. Sheelzebub
    Sheelzebub October 8, 2011 at 9:28 am |

    All I know is that a few of the dumbass squirrels who DIG UP MY WINDOWBOXES want that squirrel’s number. And they told me I was erasing them when when I pointed out that a) squirrels don’t have telephones and b) I was obviously dreaming because SQUIRRELS CAN’T FUCKING TALK.

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