Former Scots Bake Off star sparks sexist scandal after ‘a woman pulled up his kilt’

Former Scots Bake Off hunk Tom Hetherington sparked a sexist scandal on social media after accusing a woman of pulling up his kilt.

An Edinburgh baker said a woman picked up his kilt in a busy bar without his consent while he was out drinking.


Tom Hetherington sparked a sexism scandal after accusing a woman of pulling up his kilt.Photo: INSTAGRAM: @tomeatscake

Tom, in his 30s, tweeted: “Happy Sunday to everyone *except* the woman who pulled up my kilt last night in a crowded bar without my permission.

“Imagine if I did this to her dress.”

The post, which was later deleted, received thousands of likes and shares.

Users flocked to the replies to discuss whether it’s still acceptable to joke about what men are “holding up their skirts”.

This sparked huge sexism on the popular social media app after Tom highlighted the double standards.

Some called Tom, an architect and rugby captain, “snowflake” for not seeing the funny side of the old joke about men and their kilts.

One user wrote: “Sorry but I don’t buy snowflake cunts, you don’t speak for men, real people know when something is fun, of course, the hand should not go up a kilt, someone asks what you are wearing under your kilt there is madness from time immemorial, you and those others need to ease this crap.

But it was quickly suppressed as the Scots quickly came to Tom’s defense, calling the action a “form of sexual harassment” in the modern day.

One person replied: “There is nothing wrong with Tom’s tweet / Thinking that it’s not okay for a man to lift up a woman’s skirt, but that it’s okay for a woman to lift up a man’s kilt promotes a double standard and that’s what Tom was. selection”.

Another added: “After all, if you ask a woman what is under her skirt, it is considered sexual harassment.

“Many men feel uncomfortable and offended when a woman does this to them too. Do not you mind?

Someone else wrote: “As someone who regularly wears a kilt, I agree with this. It annoys me when I’m stalked by people desperately trying to find out if I’m wearing panties.

“Especially when they try to lift the kilt to admire. It’s not a joke, it’s right there with the “show us your boob honey”.

What is upskirting, what is the new law about it, and why did it take so long for it to become illegal?

In 2010, Section 9 of the Sexual Offenses (Scotland) Act 2009 was amended to make “upskirting” prosecutable under the broader definition of voyeurism.

“Upskirting” is defined as taking photographs of someone of a sexually compulsive nature without their permission, usually under clothing.

This act was declared criminal in England in 2019.

Tom is not the only Scot who has come forward to allege sexual exploitation in a kilt.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers musician Willie Armstrong told BBC Scotland in 2020 that he was often groped, embarrassed and obscenely photographed in a kilt by women.

He added that his complaints are often dismissed and ridiculed by others.

Highlighting the double standards, he said, “It was a constant thing, even when I was a little boy. Women used to put their hands in your kilt.

“I used to tell my mom and dad — they said it was just one of those things. But is it really so? This was the behavior of 1976, this is unacceptable.

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“It’s a constant” are you a real Scot? – basically asking you if you are wearing underwear or not.

“If you changed that behavior and I told the woman, ‘May I ask what’s under your dress?’ it would be a completely different game.”

He said that at a corporate event, a woman took a picture of him under a kilt and handed it out to everyone to show to her friends.

Willy said: “I actually had to stop playing. I keep thinking, imagine that I did this to her – I would be arrested, and rightly so.

“I don’t find it funny – and I know other men find it funny.

“I remember playing at Ayr Town Hall. I left the stage, the crowd went crazy, and trying to get back on stage, I don’t know how many times my hands went up to the kilt.

“I’m trying to play my flute, but I’m also trying to protect my own dignity.”

But Willie said that consent is paramount, and too often women have “crossed boundaries.”

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