Labour MP David Lammy has been urged to apologise over his ‘white saviour’ comments after this year’s Comic Relief saw ratings and donations tumble.
Earlier this month, an image of Stacey Dooley holding a Ugandan child prompted Labour MP David Lammy to criticise Comic Relief, saying the charity fundraiser ‘tattooed images of poverty in Africa’ onto people’s minds.
In the wake of his comments, the show suffered a significant fall in donations, raising just £63 million, compared to £71.8 million in 2017.
(Picture: BBC)The telethon also saw a drop in viewer ratings after the biennial fundraiser lost 600,000 viewers from its 2017 edition, when an average of 6.2 million switched on.
Chris Phelps, MP for Croydon South criticised Lammy for his ‘pathetic manufactured indignation’.
Phelps said, ‘The cost of his absurd egotistical posturing is real. This is money that could have been used to save lives. He should fulsomely apologise to stop a repeat next year.’
I notice @DavidLammy wisely keeping quiet while the UK celebrates @comicrelief #rednoseday raising millions for good causes and raising awareness of our fortunate place in the world and what we can do to help. Wisely keeping quiet.
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) March 15, 2019
Stacey Dooley appeared in a Red Nose Day appeal to help fund a clinic in Uganda.Earlier this month a picture of the documentary-maker
Strictly Come Dancing winner Dooley said during her short appeal: ‘Please, please keep donating. It’s saving lives, there’s no question.’
A total of £63,548,668 was donated to the cause by the end of Friday’s event – meaning more than £1.3 billion has been raised by Comic Relief since it began in 1985.
David Lammy criticised Stacey Dooley on Twitter (Getty)Comic Relief founder Sir Lenny Henry has decried the need for foodbanks in ‘one of the richest countries in the world’.
The comedian and long-time face of Red Nose Day has said he would not have believed anyone who said the UK would require a charity drive to feed its children 10 years ago.
This year’s Red Nose Day appeal has raised £3,400,000 within the first hour of the charity show broadcast, hosted by Sir Lenny alongside Paddy McGuinness and Emma Willis.
Sir Lenny called on viewers to donate to help fund foodbanks providing for families across the UK, a position he said he never thought he would be in.
Stacey Dooley hit back after she was accused of encouraging a ‘white saviour’ complexHe said: ‘It’s hitting a huge number of people in this country right now. Parents who can’t feed their children without help from charities and foodbanks.
‘I’ve been talking about global poverty since Comic Relief began, but if you told me 10 years ago that I would be here today, asking you to reach into your pocket so we can help feed children in the UK, one of the richest countries in the world, I wouldn’t have believed you.
‘But that is where we are, and that is exactly what I’m doing.’