Top – Comic Relief to cut back on celebrity appeals after Stacey Dooley row


Stacey Dooley and Richard Curtis

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Stacey Dooley and Richard Curtis

Comedian Aid is to ship fewer celebrities overseas after criticism that stars like Stacey Dooley have been going to Africa as “white saviours”.

The charity’s co-founder, screenwriter Richard Curtis, informed MPs TV appeals “might be heading within the course of not utilizing” celebrities overseas.

He stated they’d be “very cautious to provide voices to individuals” who stay there.

MP David Lammy, who had criticised the Dooley movie, praised the plan to maneuver away from “drained, dangerous stereotypes”.

Earlier this yr, Comedian Aid and Dooley – a documentary-maker and Strictly Come Dancing winner – have been criticised after she travelled to Uganda to make an attraction movie concerning the charity’s work within the nation.

Curtis, who wrote hit movies together with 4 Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, stated: “We heard the criticism, we have been doing stuff to handle it, we’re accelerating the best way that we handle it.”

In 2017, Ed Sheeran’s video from Liberia for Comedian Aid was handed a “Rusty Radiator” award, given to the “most offensive and stereotypical fundraising video of the yr”.

Curtis informed the Home of Commons Worldwide Improvement Committee that this yr’s Comedian Aid had included two movies that includes UK celebrities in Africa – Dooley and the group of stars who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We are attempting to do all the pieces we are able to to lift the utmost sum of money for our initiatives internationally,” he defined.

“However whether it is felt that Comedian Aid is so influential by way of picture that you simply begin to ship out the unsuitable picture, and that individuals who stay on this nation with African backgrounds really feel as if they’re indirectly demeaned or negatively affected by Comedian Aid, then we actually need to take heed to that.

“What I am trying to find yr by yr is new methods of telling the tales. Historically, the sadder the movie, the extra money it makes, however I am positive there should be an answer the place you present such radiant pleasure and success that that might encourage you to provide extra money.”

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Richard Curtis with fellow Comedian Aid co-founder Lenny Henry

Requested by MPs how Comedian Aid would function sooner or later, he replied that the charity was “at a really attention-grabbing second” in studying classes from profitable on-line fundraising campaigns.

“We’re not sturdy on that but,” he stated. “I think about as we go into this new future, that won’t be primarily based on celebrities going overseas. I think we’ll begin that new initiative not going that method.

“After which on the TV, I believe we have now to do what we predict is greatest, and I believe will probably be heading within the course of not utilizing [celebrities abroad], and notably being very cautious to provide voices to individuals overseas.”

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He stated Comedian Aid had not acted “robustly” to the criticism over the Dooley movie as a result of it was centered on elevating cash on the time.

In response, Labour MP Mr Lammy wrote on Twitter: “Appears to be like like Comedian Aid are lastly able to take heed to a whole lot of 1000’s of my constituents and others who assist assist however need to transfer on from the drained, dangerous stereotypes and tropes that encompass it and stop real fairness and partnership.”

Strain group No White Saviours, based by two assist staff in Uganda, wrote on Instagram: “We by no means stated do not go or do not care about causes on the continent that should be addressed… it is about HOW that is completed.”

Dooley and Comedian Aid had “dealt with that complete scenario so poorly”, they stated.

“This is to hoping they’re honest of their want to do higher…”

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