Phillip Schofield blasts David Lammy’s ‘racist’ Comic Relief snub over Stacey

Phillip Schofield has blasted David Lammy’s remarks about Stacey Dooley as "racist" during a heated debate with the MP live on air.

The Strictly winner, 31, was recently trolled for having a "White Saviour complex" after her Comic Relief trip to Uganda.

She recently flew to Uganda to help highlight the country’s struggle with poverty, but came under fire from a group called No White Saviours who disagree with white people spotlighting poverty in Africa.

MP David Lammy added his own voice to the criticism, and said that she was perpetuating "tired and unhelpful stereotypes".


However Phil hit back at his remarks in a fiery debate with Vanessa Feltz and Dr Ranj Singh and was later joined on the phone by the MP himself.

Phil ranted: "What has colour got to do with any of this? So you’re well meaning and you think, ‘Oh well, I can’t go there because I’m white’, ‘I can’t do this charity video because I’m white’. That in itself is racist."

Vanessa pointed out that many wanted Comic Relief’s concept "better thought through".

"Aren’t we trying to get to a world where we don’t think about colour?" Phil continued. "Where colour is irrelevant. ‘I want you help you regardless of colour’.


"The fact that Comic Relief exists for Africa is the fact that there is an enormous amount of money that can go to do something good. Now if Africa was fully helping that community, then fantastic. This is a well-off Western nation."

MP David Lammy joined the debate on the phone and said that there were "big questions" on the role of charity and how it was done.

He slammed "the formula of sending celebrities out on expensive flights" and claimed that it "perpetuates colonialism".


An angry Phil pointed out that David was suggesting that Comic Relief be scrapped, to which David said that he hadn’t said that.

"You could have some Africans talking about their context," he said, reiterating that it was his job to raise debate.

He also confirmed that he had been asked to be part of Comic Relief’s "PR machine", but wanted to see how it played out.

"Don’t allow the BBC to trot out the same old thing," he said. "It’s now time for Comic Relief to move on."

Comic Relief have since released a statement about the accusations.

The full statement posted by Comic Relief on their Twitter page read: "We are really grateful that Stacey Dooley, an award winning and internationally acclaimed documentary maker, agreed to go to Uganda to discover more about projects the British people have generously funded there and make no apologies for this.

"She has filmed and reported on challenging issues all over the world, helping to put a much-needed spotlight on issues that affect people’s lives daily.

"In her film, people working with or supported by Comic Relief projects tell their own stories in their own words.

"We have previously asked David Lammy if he would like to work with us to make a film in Africa and he has not responded. The offer is still open."

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