Stacey Dooley received an outpouring of support by Comic Relief viewers tonight as her controversial charity trip to Africa was aired.
The documentary-maker, 31, had come under fire from MP David Lammy among others who branded her a ‘white saviour’ for sharing a picture of herself cradling a black child during the Red Nose Day appeal in Uganda.
But social media users rallied behind the Strictly Come Dancing winner tonight as she asked viewers to donate to a project helping pregnant women and malaria-sufferers.
Stacey Dooley received an outpouring of support by Comic Relief viewers tonight as her controversial charity trip to Africa was aired
The documentary-maker, 31, visited clinics in Uganda for pregnant women and malaria sufferers
One person wrote: ‘Thank you for helping the children you are doing good ignore the haters and the stupid everything you are doing is awesome!’
Another said: ‘I love Stacey Dooley so much. Her work is honestly so admirable and inspiring, such an amazing woman who deserves the world.’
A third heaped praise on Dooley, saying ‘she tells the story as it is’ and ‘never makes herself the focus’.
Others tweeted that they ‘adored’ the filmmaker and called her their ‘leader’.
There was speculation that the entire appeal may have been scrapped, but Comic Relief bosses made the decision to air the film without showing footage of Dooley holding African children.
Social media users rallied behind the Strictly Come Dancing winner tonight on Twitter
Strictly Come Dancing winner Dooley said during her short appeal: ‘Please, please keep donating. It’s saving lives, there’s no question.’
Mr Lammy had criticised Dooley and the BBC publicly, saying they were reinforcing unhelpful stereotypes about Africa.
He said: ‘As I’ve said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes.
BBC bosses edited out footage of Dooley cradling children (pictured) after she was branded a ‘white saviour’ by MP David Lammy
The Tottenham MP said images like this were fueling unhelpful, ‘colonial-era’ stereotypes
‘Let’s instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate.’
Lammy said the images ‘convey an age old trope that’s her as the heroine, the black child as victim and we’ve got to stop it’
Pointing to the image of Dooley holding the child, he added: ‘The image that she wants to tweet conveys an age old trope that’s her as the heroine, the black child as victim and we’ve got to stop it.
‘The image is a perpetual image of people who are impoverished who need white celebrities who are largely uneducated about the context (in Africa).
‘That image evokes for lots of ethnic minorities in Britain a white beautiful heroine holding a black child with no agency, no parents in sight, finger in the mouth. Its supine.’
He added: ‘We’ve got to change the formula of sending mostly white celebrities out to Africa.’