Joining them in the studio was Julius Peter Moto, Uganda’s High Commissioner to discuss the argument which broke out between BBC documentary presenter Stacey Dooley and MP David Lammy, over Dooley’s participation in Comic Relief’s campaign and her decision to post photographs of herself with African children on her official Instagram page.
“What is wrong with Stacey Dooley hugging that young child?” Eamonn enquired.
“Stacey is doing a great job. Comic Relief are also doing a good job in Uganda,” Moto replied. “But we are not comfortable with the children in the social media [posts].”
“Is it just because it’s a young child?” Lansgford added to clarify his point. “It is a young child yes,” Moto stated.
“There’s nothing wrong with what Comic Relief is doing, but we felt a bit uncomfortable of pictures of young children on social media,” he continued.
Langsford argued that Dooley could have been taking part in a bigger project and had just snapshotted one moment of her time out in Africa to share with her followers.
She asked: “What if it was a project involving children? Perhaps a orphanage, a village school, what is the problem with people seeing that?”
Moto replied and said: “If it is an object such as a village school, we have no problem. We just want to protect the interest of children in Uganda on social media.”
The High Commissioner explained how “things have changed [and we have to] reflect that change”.
“Uganda needs UK aid in terms of for the provision of education, support to health sector, good governance, and supporting the refugees in northern Uganda,” he added.
“Comic Relief is only a few days away,” Holmes spoke about. “There has been suggestions the press surrounding this issue is going to impact the money they raise.
“There is a danger that donations may tail off because of this,” He continued.
“We need donations to come through,” Moto commented. “We need to cooperate with charities, the projects need to be portrayed in the social media and not the children.”
Lammy called out Dooley for posting a series of photographs to her Instagram account of the work and campaign she is currently filming in Africa with Comic Relief.
Lammy claimed Dooley was being a “white saviour” in a thread of Tweets online, one of which Dooley replied to where she questioned Lammy over his “issue” with her work.
Whilst he responded with several more tweets, alongside speaking out about the situation across several public platforms in the past few days, Dooley has not commented further on the matter.
Comic Relief however have spoken out and released a statement to the press. It read: “We are really grateful that Stacey agreed to go to Uganda to discover more about projects British people have funded there and make no apologies for this.
“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.”