Stacey Dooley hits back at MP David Lammy over 'white saviour' Comic Relief photos

Stacey Dooley has slammed MP David Lammy, after she was criticised over a Comic Relief photo op which sees her visiting Uganda for Comic Relief.

Pictures posted by the filmmaker and Strictly Come Dancing winner carrying a baby boy in Africa came under scrutiny yesterday.

Dooley was accused of perpetuating the 'white saviour' trope, and was also criticised for appearing in designer clothes.

Fans took issue with the pictures, one follower telling the star: "Come on Stace I love your journalism but please check out @nowhitesaviors You have a responsibility to not perpetuate this narrative on your feed."

Another added: "You should be using your platform to challenge the narrative not confirm it. Please do the right thing and take this image down."

Others defended her, however, one saying: "Here we go. Stacey does an amazing job, sure she'll raise a lot where charities concerned unlike most on this thread. Can't do right for doing wrong nowadays."

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Stacey Dooley attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley attending the Only Fools and Horses the Musical opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tuesday February 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 14/05/17 of Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley who has said has said that Strictly Come Dancing offered a welcome escape from the pressures of her job.
Stacey Dooley and Aljaz Skorjanec attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley (centre) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham.
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for rehearsals ahead of Saturday evening's show.
Stacey Dooley arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley in the winners photo area at the Virgin British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment

Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, then waded into to the row, tweeting: "The history of colonialism in Africa means race is important. Stacey's instagram posts continue a very long established trope of white female heroine with orphan black child with little or no agency or parents in sight. Comic relief do this because it makes people give money.

"This isn't personal and I don't question your good motives. My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era."

But Dooley hit back, telling Lammy: "David, is the issue with me being white? (Genuine question) ...because if that's the case, you could always go over there and try raise awareness?

"Comic relief have raised over 1 billion pounds since they started. I saw projects that were saving lives with the money. Kids lives."

Dooley was in Uganda looking at the continuing dangers of Malaria and visiting neonatal clinics.

Comic Relief airs on BBC One on March 15.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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