Comic Relief deny ‘cutting out’ footage from Stacey Dooley’s trip to Uganda in wake of controversy

Comic Relief has denied cutting out footage (Picture: BBC)

Comic Relief has denied they edited out footage from Stacey Dooley’s trip to Uganda, which aired during the charity’s telethon.

The documentary maker faced criticism after posing with a young boy from Uganda and posting it on Instagram, captioned with the word ‘obsessed’.

The criticism claimed Stacey was perpetuating a ‘white saviour’ narrative, with Comic Relief responding in a statement backing Stacey’s work for the charity.

After Stacey’s film aired on the telethon, some claimed Comic Relief had cut out footage of the young boy she was pictured with – which the charity has since denied.

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In a statement to, a Comic Relief spokesperson said: ‘The boy in the photo was never part of the film, he was just present during filming and therefore he has not been edited out.’

The film saw Stacey visit children diagnosed with malaria, as the broadcaster opened up about her own experiences with the disease. 

‘I got malaria probably eight or nine years ago now,’ Stacey said. ‘I was in west Africa at the time. Clearly it was a very different story for me, I was hugely privileged and we were able to get on top of it. ‘

But for the children here, those under five particularly, it must be the most frightening thing in the world. Because malaria is still a big problem for children under five in many parts of Uganda.’

One of Stacey’s most vocal critics was MP David Lammy, who tweeted: ‘The world does not need any more white saviours.

‘As I’ve said before, this perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes. Let’s instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate.’

Stacey Dooley’s picture faced criticism (Picture: @SJDooley)

In response, Stacey 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? 

‘Comic relief have raised over 1 billion pounds since they started. I saw projects that were saving lives with the money. Kids lives [sic].’

You can catch Comic Relief on BBC iPlayer. 

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