‘The Activist’, the show where three teams of activists will compete against each other for their causes, has been criticised for being ‘tone deaf’. Priyanka Chopra has made a address to the criticism of her show named ‘The Activist and said that she is glad the show’s format has been altered. ‘You were heard,’ she said in a note.
Netizens called the concept “flawed” and called it “performance activism”. It was a shock for many for the whole concept and was called out for trivializing activism. Global Citizen, an international advocacy group which is co-producing the show, also made the acknowledgement that global activism should be based on cooperation, not competition.
Chopra, with the singer-songwriter Usher and dancer Julianne Hough, are the hosts of the show called The Activist. The actress has apologised for her participation in the CBS show The Activist in the wake of controversy and social media backlash.
The actor added: “The intention was always to bring attention to the people behind the ideas and highlight the actions and impact of the causes they support tirelessly.” The organisation had apologised to not only real activists, but also the hosts, who’d been dragged through the mud for associating themselves with the show.
“The last few days have been a powerful demonstration of real-time activism. Thank you for using your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor. I am deeply listening with an open heart and mind,” Julianne Houghton had written.