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Comic Relief: David Lammy shamed whites into not giving

Anorak Sunday, 17 March 2019
Comic Relief: David Lammy shamed whites into not givingTwo stories about Comic Relief, the BBC’s tired telethon. What is about the BBC that shows are celebrated chiefly for their longevity? And those present who go on for eons – even Dr Who gets to regenerate his genitalia every couple of years. Maybe it’s about institutions needing other institutions to make the mob bow their edifices of permanency and legacy? Or maybe it’s just laziness?

The first Comic Relief story is that some Tory MPs are angry (natch.) that the fundraiser dresses to the Left. The Mail on Sunday calls it an “AD FOR CORBYN”. In which case, hard cheese, Jezza, because the Sunday Times says Comic Relief raised £8m less than last year – £63m, compared with £71.3m.

The blame for less cashs is apparently rooted in Labour MP David Lammy citing tin rattlers for their “white saviour” complex. When the Beeb’s pro-celeb dance champion Stacey Dooley, 32, uploaded a photo of herself posing with a young African child in Uganda. “Obsessed!” the film-maker Stacey Dooley captioned her picture, “as if she was plugging a new face cream, not holding an unhappy Ugandan child.”

Lammy tweeted: “The world does not need any more white saviours.” The paper says “Others said they had decided not to donate this year because they did not want to be accused of acting like a “white saviour”.” Nice one, Dave.

But what to do to redistribute the world’s wealth and keep narcissistic politicians and celebs happy? Do you tick a box declaring your race when donating money to Comic Relief? Maybe we should. In the current climate of identity politics, the State can use to data to work out which sort of people give the least and which give the most. Much fairer that way, right? Africa’s poor will be waiting.
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