Priyanka Chopra apologizes for taking part in ‘The Activist’. The show has received intense backlash and criticism before its release.
As awareness on different topics, and social activism has increased, CBS thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a reality TV series.
The show has six activists, who will team up with influential figures, and fight to bring meaningful change. Their purpose varies from education to health to the environment.
Throughout the series, these activists will take part in challenges that will prove they are ‘well-equipped to promote their causes’. They will go head-to-head to win a plate at the G20 summit. Along with Priyanka, the judges’ panel includes Usher and Julianne Hough.
Upon hearing about the plot of the show, viewers were furious to see a ‘competition show’ for activists. People argued that activism was not a competition.
Jameela Jamil tweeted about the show, saying that rather than packing the show with an expensive cast, this money should have been directly given to the activists, to help their cause better.
Priyanka Chopra’s apology
Priyanka replied to the backlash, saying the reality TV show ‘got it wrong’, and has issued an apology for taking part in the show as a judge. She said that she had heard their backlash.
Chopra went on to say that the voices of the people had been heard, and she is sorry for disappointing the public with her participation. She said that the aim of the show was to bring attention to the people who are behind these voices, and the impact of the causes they support.
Indeed, to benefit the activists taking part in it, the plot of the show could have been done differently. It could have been more used to highlight their causes, not make them compete. The show is more of a competition and does not shed light on the fundamental work these activists do for their communities.
The push for change, whether societal, environmental, or educational, requires a global effort and is not a competition.
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