Stacey Dooley and David Lammy row – Furious This Morning viewers claim they will boycott Comic Relief

Stacey Dooley and David Lammy row – Furious This Morning viewers claim they will boycott Comic Relief

ANGRY viewers have said they will boycott this year’s Comic Relief in the wake of a argument between Stacey Dooley and Labour MP David Lammy.

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ANGRY viewers have said they will boycott this year’s Comic Relief in the wake of a argument between Stacey Dooley and Labour MP David Lammy.

The row bubbled up again today today when the Ugandan High Commissioner said on This Morning that he had a problem with the Strictly winner posting a picture with a Ugandan child.

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Stacey sparked drama by sharing pictures of her with a young child[/caption]

Eamonn and Ruth spoke to the Ugandan High Commissioner on This Morning today

The row began earlier this week when she shared the picture and 46-year-old David remarked that “the world does not need any more white saviours”.

Stacey, 31, replied by suggesting he go over to the African country and “raise awareness” himself.

Today the bust-up was revived when Ugandan official Julius Peter Moto appeared on This Morning to talk about the issue.

Host Eamonn Holmes told him: “People in the UK are wounded and hurt about this because their intentions are good.”

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The Strictly winner’s post was criticised by Labour MP David

Some viewers said they felt their charity money ‘isn’t wanted’
Another tweeted the show directly with their strong opinions

Julius Moto replied: “Stacey is doing a great job. Comic Relief are also doing a good job in Uganda.

“But we are not comfortable with the children in the social media.”

Some This Morning viewers reacted by claiming they would be keeping their wallets and purses clamped shut when Red Nose Day rolls around on 15 March.

One wrote: “Quite easy then – my money will be staying in my bank account #ungrateful #ThisMorning”

David said Stacey’s post fuels ‘tired and unhelpful stereotypes’

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David told Stacey: ‘The world does not need any more white savours’[/caption]

Another said: “I have donated to comic relief for many years, this year won’t. African countries want the money, but want to dictate how it is raised. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

A third wrote: “Certainly won’t be donating anymore #comicrelief #ThisMorning”

Later in the interview, Ruth asked Julius: “Is it just because it’s a young child?” he replied: “It is a young child, yes.”

He added: “We need donations to come through. We need to cooperate with charities, the projects need to be portrayed in the social media and not the children.”

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The documentary star has been filming in Uganda for Comic Relief[/caption]

Stacey and Tottenham MP David were locked in a fierce debate after she followed in the footsteps of celebs including Ed Sheeran, David Baddiel and Reggie Yates and made a trip to Africa for Comic Relief.

After he accused her of fuelling “tired and unhelpful stereotypes”, she replied directly to him on Twitter.

She wrote: “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?”

He replied: “This isn’t personal and I don’t question your good motives.

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The Strictly winner followed in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran by visiting Africa[/caption]


“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.”

Stacey stated: “Comic Relief have raised over £1bn since they started. I saw projects that were saving lives with the money. Kids’ lives.”

The charity also released a statement saying: “We are really grateful that Stacey agreed to go to Uganda to discover more about projects British people have funded there and make no apologies for this.”

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