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Ed Sheeran made a Comic Relief movie in Liberia final yr

Sport Relief is not utilizing attraction movies displaying stars visiting growing nations after complaints that they had been akin to “poverty tourism”.

Sport Relief, which is on TV on the BBC on Friday, takes place each different yr, alternating with Red Nose Day.

The Comic Relief charity runs each occasions and mentioned most of its movies would simply characteristic individuals who stay in these nations talking for themselves.

MP David Lammy had mentioned they portrayed Africans as “victims to be pitied”.

The Sport Relief and Red Nose Day telethons often characteristic clips of well-known personalities assembly individuals in Africa and different nations the place the charity works.

‘Local heroes’

But Comic Relief chief government Liz Warner mentioned: “This yr, we’re placing individuals on the coronary heart of the movies.

“We have not despatched celebrities, for the evening of TV, to Africa. People are telling their tales in their very own voices, and we’re utilizing native heroes.”

A 2017 Red Nose Day movie fronted by Ed Sheeran, about road youngsters in Liberia, was named the “most offensive” marketing campaign final yr by a fundraising strain group.

In it, the singer was seen assembly a younger boy earlier than providing to pay for a lodge for him and his buddies. The Radi-Aid awards mentioned it was nearly “poverty tourism”.

Warner informed Radio four’s World at One they had been persevering with to work with celebrities – simply another way.

“It’s in our DNA,” she said of having stars at the centre of their campaigns. “But we’re persevering with to evolve how we make our movies.”

Asked concerning the Sheeran movie, she added: “We’re very pleased with what Ed did. The celebrities give of their time and so they do wonderful issues for us. We’re simply making an attempt to work out how we work with them.”

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Ball cycled greater than 350 miles from her house city to the place she lives now

The charity plans to enlist extra celebrities to discuss points which are near their hearts – corresponding to with Zoe Ball’s biking problem to boost consciousness of male psychological well being.

Friday’s Sport Relief will embody a movie about road youngsters in Uganda. It might be launched by Rio Ferdinand, however he is not going to seem within the clip himself. Instead, it is going to characteristic the youngsters and a charity employee.

Stars will seem in movies concerning the UK, although, with John Bishop fronting a clip a couple of venture close to his house within the north-west of England.

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Media captionDavid Lammy says African persons are “equals to be respected, not as victims to be pitied”.

Sport Relief, which goals to boost tens of millions for deprived individuals within the UK and around the globe, is a week-long occasion this yr, culminating within the stay broadcast on Friday evening.

The transfer comes after David Lammy made a movie for BBC Two’s Daily Politics, saying Comic Relief had “tattooed images of poverty in Africa to our national psyche” – and was not displaying the total actuality of life on the continent.

“Sports Relief should be helping to establish the people of Africa as equals to be respected, not as victims to be pitied,” he mentioned.

“So, rather than getting celebrities to act as tour guides, why not get Africans to talk for themselves about the continent and the problems that they know?”

‘Step in the appropriate route’

Lammy has agreed to speak to Comic Relief – and has been invited to make a movie for them himself.

He mentioned on Friday: “I’m happy that Comic Relief has listened to considerations that I’ve raised and might be making modifications to their output.

“I hope that the movies they make will respect and empower African individuals and amplify their voices as a substitute of patronising them. This represents a step in the appropriate route and a few progress.”

Sport Relief is on BBC One from 19:00 on Friday.

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