Hollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has issued an apology amid the backlash against CBS reality series, The Activist. The Quantico actress, 39, apologised for the concept of the controversial reality show, after it drew accusations of encouraging performative activism across social media platforms and said she was sorry that her “participation” in the programme disappointed her fans.
The American offering features six activists competing in media stunts and digital campaigns, being judged by the likes of dance professional Julia Hough, singer Usher and actress Priyanka.
The show is billed by the network as “pairing advocates from the worlds of health, education and the environment with famous figures in a series of competitions that will take the winners to the G20 Summit in Italy”.
Winners get the opportunity to lobby world leaders at the intergovernmental forum and advocate for major change on a global scale.
However, the programme’s format has been slammed with accusations of encouraging performative activism and turning the act into a competition.
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In view of her 68.2 million followers, the star said the show had “got it wrong”.
She commented: “I have been moved by the power of your voices over the past week.
“At its core, Activism is fuelled by cause and effect, and when people come together to raise their voice about something, there is always an effect.
“You were heard,” the wife of Joe Jonas added.
CBS, and the show’s production partners Global Citizen and Live Nation issued a statement to CNN saying that they are “changing the format to remove the competitive element and reimagining the concept into a primetime documentary special”.
Following its announcement, the show’s original format was met with backlash on social media.
Activist and author Gina Martin branded the idea the “absolute worst” on Twitter.
Last week she tweeted in view of her 35,000 followers: “1. Why the hell are they judging this 2. Why the hell is there a TV show that turns activist into a competition when the whole *essense* of activism is solidarity and community.” (sic)