Stacey Dooley: Backlash to make-up show is painfully predictable

Stacey Dooley has described the backlash to her new TV series about make-up as "painfully predictable" and accused critics of having a "short-sighted, Stone Age attitude".

The Strictly Come Dancing star has recently been at the centre of a controversy after Labour MP David Lammy accused her of perpetuating "tired and unhelpful stereotypes" after she travelled to Uganda for a documentary ahead of Red Nose Day.

The politician said "the world does not need any more white saviours" after Dooley posted a snap from the trip with a child on Instagram, captioned: "OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED."

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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

Dooley hit back, saying: "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 one billion pounds since they started. I saw projects that were saving lives with the money. Kids lives."

She has also faced criticism over her new show Glow Up, a make-up competition for BBC Three, with some fans accusing her of doing "trivial" work instead of the hard-hitting BBC documentaries that made her famous.

Responding to the backlash in an interview conducted before the Comic Relief controversy, she told the Mail On Sunday's You magazine: "It's painfully predictable. There are always people who are desperate to put you in one camp and never let you leave.

"The idea that you could be interested in the Yazidi community and also in lipstick blows people's minds.

"It's a really short-sighted, Stone Age attitude – it's boring, actually."

Asked if she has a temper, she said: "The older I get, the less reactive I've become. But if someone says something unkind I'll pull them up on it."

Dooley added that she feels she has nothing to prove after making more than 70 documentaries, which have taken her from war zones to sweatshops.

She said she has never had counselling, even though the BBC has offered it, adding: "But after all that, it seemed really important to be at home and enjoy some escapism. Anyway, I've earned my stripes; I don't need to prove myself to anyone."

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