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David Lammy is not happy about Stacey Dooley’s Comic Relief trip to Africa. Bad enough, his argument goes, that she swanned out there in the first place, trying to make a charity documentary and put some good in the world. Who does she think she is? A worthy person? Bah.

The Labour politician is enraged about something he calls ‘white saviour’ complex and has accused Dooley of using her Instagram account to make herself look like a ‘heroine’ trying to save ‘victim’ black children. While I don’t agree with his bigger argument about celebrities propounding what he calls hateful colonial imagery — privileged whites indulging themselves by tossing a crumb to oppressed blacks — hasn’t he got a point about her social media posts?


Dooley’s Instagram photographs from the Ugandan village where she was reporting on neonatal clinics and malaria have a queasy air about them.


I’m sorry, but they do.

Here is the 31-year-old television reporter and Strictly Come Dancing star clutching a cute black baby, who looks none too pleased with the encounter.

Here she is again with the same toddler, head thrown back, laughing: hers, not his. He still looks a bit fed-up.

And has she applied a post-production vanity filter to make her eyes so blue, her skin so clear and her teeth so bright?

Since that would be so ghastly and inappropriate, such a glutinous splotch of first-world narcissism in the middle of this dusty safari of poverty, I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and presume she hasn’t.

Her other snaps include one of a little shack, presumably where the locals live or work.


 LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Claudia Winkleman, Stacey Dooley and Tess Daly with the award for Talent Show for 'Strictly Come Dancing' during the National Television Awards held at The O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)


And look here, another picture of indigenous women dancing and laughing, wearing colourful traditional robes.

Aren’t they just darling?

David Lammy is preposterous in a thousand ways and Stacey Dooley is terrific in a hundred ways more, but to be honest, some of this unseemly row is her own doing.

Although she is not to blame for the social media self-obsession that currently engulfs society, perhaps she could have done more to encourage her 669,000 Instagram followers to understand and appreciate the gravity of her African trip.

Beside her photograph of the humble shack, a fan called Jackie has joked that it is ‘the Strictly dressing room’, followed by a thumbs-up emoji.



Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited David Lammy (pictured) is not happy about Stacey Dooley's Comic Relief trip to Africa.


Next to the photograph of the random child — whom she never gives the dignity of a name — Dooley herself has written ‘OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED.’


Isn’t that peculiar? It suggests that this poor unfortunate boy, born into grinding hardship in one of the poorest countries in the world, is something desirable to obsess over, like a puppy or a new handbag or covetable pair of shoes.

That is before she sets him back down in the sub-Saharan dust and returns home to her glamorous life in the UK, of course. To make matters worse, Dooley’s African images were sandwiched between the cheery clatter of her usual Instagram feed.

Stacey posing for magazine photoshoots, Stacey drinking pink cocktails with her friends, Stacey pausing by a mirror to admire her matching accessories. 

It insinuated that her Ugandan trip had been just one more pit stop on the carousel of her lovely life.

A heroine? Well as anyone on Instagram will tell you, it is all about me, me, me.

Anyone like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Clarkson and Nigella. To be honest, I regularly check into their Instagram to find out what they and everyone else are doing — and I am never disappointed.

Gwyneth has just helped actress Drew Barrymore celebrate her birthday, and takes time to praise her ‘immense brain’.

Jeremy is on holiday with his girlfriend in Vietnam and spent the morning picking up litter from the beach. Nigella has just finished a trip to Australia, where she ate a lot of gingered tuna.

 Although she is not to blame for the social media self-obsession that currently engulfs society, perhaps she could have done more to encourage her 669,000 Instagram followers to understand and appreciate the gravity of her African trip

Meanwhile, are any of my enemies with Insta accounts in trouble or in pain? Let’s hope it is nothing trivial. These are the questions I ask myself while pouring a glass of rosé and happily scrolling through the not-so-secret lives of others, patrolling the very depths of their shallows.

I don’t post myself because I’m too busy wondering when and why everyone become so ‘OB.SESSED’ with putting the minutiae of their lives out there, for nosy parkers like me to consume as if they were episodes in a soap opera.

Even though a great number of celebrities are slyly marketing themselves rather than guilelessly sharing their lives, the concept of privacy and a real sense of self are beginning to be washed away in this ongoing sea of conceit.

And of course all this filters down into the ‘civilian’ population. Even children now film themselves doing many everyday things — for if you don’t record it and post about it, how can it possibly exist?


Of course, the weird culture of Instagram and other social media platforms is not unique to Stacey Dooley.


Millions use these sites to post the significant alongside the trivial, the profound together with the profane.

Perhaps she meant well, posing in the wretched village with the unknown little boy in her arms. Perhaps she thought there would be some benefit to posting the image online.

Yet it is hard to see what that benefit could be, except to burnish the halo and image of one Stacey Dooley.

And unfortunately, David Lammy agrees with me.

The major comment comes up:

That’s not very charitable, Mr Lammy: 

He may have made a fair point about white celebrities such as Stacey Dooley posing with what David Lammy calls ‘victim’ black babies. Yet when it comes to the wider implications of charitable donations from this country to Africa, he is way off beam.

Being charitable to those who are less well off than we are is something inculcated in British schoolchildren from an early age.

From infant school onwards, we collected milk bottle tops and did good deeds for the starving children in African countries where famine, poverty and lack of medical resources were endemic. We were taught that we were the lucky ones — and we were.


Then we grew up and saw terrible films and images of even more starving babies in Africa and once more we gave generously. Over and over again.

Comic Relief has its faults, but it has raised more than a billion pounds, most of it donated by ordinary British people of every colour, people with only goodness in their hearts. Where the excitable member for Tottenham sees white privilege in any of this is hard to fathom. The biggest problem is not our unstinting generosity, but the widespread corruption and lack of will by some African governments to improve the lot of their citizens.

We all know that millions of pounds ends up in the wrong places. If Mr Lammy would care to address that issue, instead of admonishing those who are only trying to help, we might have a little more respect for him.

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