Last week, TV columnist John Doyle wrote a column criticizing the CBC’s new show Great Canadian Baking Show.
As a TV critic, he was not overly impressed by this re-make of a British show. “If you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you will not feel bamboozled, but you might feel bewildered by the reverential copying.”
In discussing the judges, he wrote: “Both are a tad stiff and nervous and little wonder – at any moment, they know they might be swarmed by the feyness of [co-host Dan] Levy and the tweeness of [co-host Julia] Chan.
In a social media post, Mr. Levy said that while he acknowledges criticism of cultural matters, as a “proud gay man, being criticized for my ‘feyness’ (defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘campy’ and ‘precious’) in today’s Globe and Mail struck me as offensive, irresponsible and homophobic….”