Stacey Dooley gained hearts (and votes) throughout the nation throughout the latest season of Strictly Come Dancing because of her up-beat persona and memorable expertise. Successful such an enormous and mainstream present meant the TV journalist’s earlier work turned extra extensively identified, and gained her numerous new followers. Sadly, nonetheless, plainly a few of her extra established followers have had a number of damaging issues to say of late. And Stacey Dooley’s Twitter response to their feedback is fairly rattling lit.
Any long-term followers of Dooley will know her finest for her hard-hitting investigative journalism. She has made a number of Stacey Dooley Investigates documentaries, masking matters corresponding to drug dealing, politics, rape, intercourse slavery, and lots of different critically darkish points. In doing so, Dooley has opened viewers eyes as much as worldwide points they could in any other case by no means have identified about.
Nevertheless, these provocative topics aren’t on the coronary heart of the uproar. As a substitute, it is her most up-to-date job that has folks up in arms. Dooley has been forged to current a brand new BBC present, Glow Up: Britain’s Subsequent Make-up Star. The sequence will see ten hard-working contestants competing to win a contract helping high make-up artists. The present (which appears to be like so lit BTW) is to be judged by Dominic Skinner of MAC and Val Garland of L’Oreal.
So, migrating to a extra entertainment-focussed present in an effort to widen your attain as a broadcaster isn’t any huge deal proper? Folks do it on a regular basis. You understand, “increasing your skilled horizons” and all that. Apparently not. Ever for the reason that announcement of Dooley’s new job on Glow Up, damaging and patronising feedback concerning the present’s subject material have been making the rounds on Twitter.
Being accused of promoting out did not sit nicely with Dooley, and the explanations are fairly apparent. A) What’s unsuitable with being focused on make-up?And B) What’s unsuitable with diversifying your talent set and making an attempt one thing new?
And, as she herself factors out, what the hell is unsuitable with Dooley getting some house from her traditional heavy matters?
The extent of condescension and tutorial snobbery directed in direction of industries corresponding to magnificence and trend is loopy, and Dooley had a fairly large assertion to make about the way it. The journalist is fed up of individuals trivialising inventive work, which is an intersectional challenge, and unsuitable on so many ranges. Snobbery and judgement actually aren’t Dooley’s factor. And rattling straight. No one advantages from that.
As anybody who has met any make-up artists or performers is aware of, the quantity of creativity, ardour, and steely dedication these folks exhibit is simply as legitimate as these in some other trade (tutorial or in any other case). We dwell in a time of speedy change and monumental strides for equality. Let’s not bash one another. Let’s hold issues optimistic and proceed to develop. Public figures like Dooley are right here to symbolize folks from all walks of life, to maintain us knowledgeable, and you already know what else? To supply top-class leisure.