STACEY Dooley has insisted she is not “sinister” after being trolled over her “white saviour” filming trip to Africa.
The Strictly winner, 32, has been at the centre of a storm after she posted a photo of herself holding a Ugandan boy to promote Comic Relief in February.
She was targeted by trolls once again on Thursday after sharing a new photo of her flashing a peace sign with a black woman.
One of the comments on the Instagram picture said: "At least this black person is old enough to consent to being in a photo with you."
Stacey responded saying people should not be so quick to judge without knowing all the facts.
"I understand the wider conversation that people want to have, and I understand that some are saying they feel it's a tired narrative… I get that,” she wrote on Instagram.
"What is not OK is people making out like we were somehow sinister in our approach."
She then appeared to refer to her original picture with the boy, saying: "It's completely untrue to suggest we didn't ask for consent.
“We spent the day with his grandad. He has a working relationship with Comic Relief.
"I'm willing to listen and learn, however I'm not willing to feel I have to justify myself to those who have already made up their mind, based on info they've been fed, by people who weren't there," she continued.
"Ultimately, the main priority is that the people on the ground felt happy with my behaviour.
"I'm still in contact with the families and the health workers and the fixers.
"I've taken on board what people are saying. Clearly Comic Relief have too.
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"Essentially, what I'm saying is, of course everyone is entitled to their opinion and to voice concerns. But please make sure you have the information and you're not making comments based on assumption x x."
Comic Relief is set to stop using celebs to front charitable efforts in Africa following the "white privilege" spat between David Lammy and Stacey.
The Labour MP called out the charity earlier this year when Stacey shared a photo of her holding the black child.
She captioned the “OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED” and added a broken heart emoji.
Taking aim at the charity, Lammy said the world did not "need any more white saviours".
In March he tweeted: "As I've said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes. Let's instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa and have serious debate."
Hitting back at Lammy, Stacey said: "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?"
However, in a move welcomed by the Labour MP, the charity's founder and film maker Richard Curtis has now revealed that future fundraising would not be dependent on "celebrities going abroad".
Love Actually director Curtis told MPs: "I imagine, as we go into this new future, that [fundraising initiatives] will not be based on celebrities going abroad.
"On TV, I think it will be heading in the direction of not using (them), and particularly being very careful to give voices to people abroad.
"It is a really complicated issue because we feel this desperate passionate need to raise as much money as we can, but if we're doing harm as well then that won't do."
It also followed criticism of Ed Sheeran for reinforcing “white saviour” stereotypes during a visit with Comic Relief to Liberia in 2017.
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