Stacey arrived in Uganda last week to film a documentary (Picture: Stacey Dooley, Instagram)Stacey Dooley has been hit with criticism over her trip to Uganda for Comic Relief, with many accusing the TV presenter of having a ‘white saviour complex’.
After winning Strictly Come Dancing in December, Stacey, 31, has returned to her day job and flew over to Uganda last week to begin filming a documentary for the children’s charity.
Sharing glimpses of her visit on Instagram, the TV presenter posted two photos of her posing with a young impoverished boy.
She wrote as a caption for one of the images: ‘OBSESSED.’
Stacey’s comments section was immediately flooded with criticism for the star, with some of her followers directing her to the No White Saviours activism Instagram account.
One critic wondered: ‘Would you pick up random white children in Europe and force them to be in your selfies, too? I feel like that wouldn‘t happen,’ while another agreed: ‘Stacey I love you but obsessed? They are not a fashion accessory. Maybe take a look at @nowhitesaviors I know it isn’t intentional but education is key.’
A fan offered some blunt advice, weighing in: ‘Stacey! I’m a massive fan, I love everything you do. But not this, mate.’
Referring to Stacey’s choice of the words, another critic stated: ‘Children aren’t accessories.’
Sharing a similar sentiment, another agreed: ‘Imagine using african black kids as an instagram prop LOL you should know better.’
Expressing their concern for the child, a follower chimed in: ‘He is sad and doesn’t need the exposure.
More: Comic Relief
‘Respect his privacy – be present with the boy not the publicity. I appreciate what you’re doing but this isn’t about you – it’s about where you are and who you are with. You look stunning and I love what you’re doing. But focus on the present moment.’
This is not the first time Comic Relief has come under fire for seemingly promoting a ‘white saviour complex’. Last year, the charity vowed to stop using celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Eddie Redmayne to push their message and instead would rely on ‘people talking for themselves’.
Metro.co.uk have reached out to Stacey’s rep for comment.
Got a showbiz story?
If you’ve got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us email@example.com, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
MORE: Megan Barton-Hanson wants to be new Stacey Dooley as she vows to quit reality TV
MORE: Stacey Dooley insists the Strictly Come Dancing drama is over for the class of ’18 after keeping scandals a secret