Strictly Come Dancing champion and journalist Stacey Dooley has hit out at criticism over a recent photo she shared from a trip to Nigeria.
In the picture posted to Instagram, Stacey and a young woman are posing together, but one follower quickly brought up the issue of consenting to photographs.
After referencing an earlier debate on whether Stacey’s involvement in projects like Comic Relief contribute to a “white saviour” narrative, Stacey hit back and insisted that there has never been any “sinister” approach to her work across the world.
In a lengthy comment, Dooley responded: “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.
“What is not okay is people making out like we were somehow sinister in our approach. ‘She lied! She’s been exposed!’ …it’s just completely untrue to suggest we didn’t ask for consent.”
Stacey added that she is “willing to listen and learn” from people’s comments, but is reluctant to justify her actions to those “who have already made up their mind, based on info they’ve been fed, by people who weren’t there”.
Calling much of the media coverage over the Comic Relief debate “total bollocks”, Stacey 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.”