World News – GB – ‘Proud’ Sir Lenny Henry Comic Relief to Stop Sending White Celebrities to Africa


Sir Lenny Henry has confirmed that his charity Comic Relief will no longer send white celebrities to Africa after being accused of perpetuating the’ white stereotype of the savior

The charity was once slammed with Stacey Dooley at the center of controversy last year when she posted a photo of herself carrying a black child from Uganda with the caption ‘obsessed’

In 2017, Ed Sheeran’s campaign video was branded “poverty pornography” after it was filmed paying for housing for a young boy in Liberia

Comic Relief videos are typically filmed on the ground in underprivileged African countries with celebrities, often white, typically seen meeting local children to highlight poverty

Welcoming the decision to stop campaign films, Sir Lenny said: ‘A lot has changed in the 35 years of Comic Relief, and therefore the way we fundraise and talk about issues that we are here to approach, and the people we are here to support, must change too

« I’m thinking about some issues right now, like representation, amplification of black voices and diversity, there’s a real feeling of thinking and looking inward, and asking ourselves what we can. do to learn and grow too « 

The comedian, who co-founded Comic Relief in 1985 with filmmaker Richard Curtis, added that he was « proud » that the charity was making the changes and « can’t wait to see the movies. next year « 

Sir Lenny continued: “Investing in local talent across Africa to tell the stories of their communities is great and a much needed step forward, but as always there is more to be done. passion for change and new perspectives are there « 

Africans don’t want us to tell them their story, what they need is more agency, platform and partnership « 

Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey defended herself last year after posting the ‘obsessed’ photo of the Ugandan child, with many accusing her of using the boy as an ‘prop’

Labor MP David Lammy attacked the star and tweeted: ‘The world doesn’t need white saviors anymore

« As I said before, this only perpetuates tired and unnecessary stereotypes. Let us instead promote voices from across the African continent and have a serious debate »

Challenging the Labor MP’s point of view, Stacey replied, “David, is the problem that I’m white? (Real question)… because if that’s the case, you can still go out there and try to raise awareness?

« The comic relief has raised over a billion pounds since their inception I’ve seen projects that saved lives with the money Children live [sic] »

Ed Sheeran said to dye his hair red and ‘drop his loop pedal’ if he wanted to be a star

Comic Relief responded to the backlash and supported Stacey, telling Metrocouk at the time: ‘We are truly grateful that award-winning and internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Stacey Dooley has agreed to travel to Uganda for learn more about the projects the British funded there and make no apologies

« She has filmed and reported on difficult issues around the world, helping to focus on the issues that affect people’s daily lives. In his film, people working with or supported by Comic Relief projects tell their own stories in their own words « 

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World News – UK – Sir Lenny Henry « proud » Comic Relief to stop sending white celebrities to Africa



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