Julianne Hough, one of the hosts of the recently announced reality competition series, The Activist, responded to the criticism surrounding it. She will co-host the show with Priyanka Chopra and Usher.
The Activist came under fire for its premise. The show will pit six activists promoting their causes against each other. Their success will be determined by the engagement they get on social media, as well as the assessments of Julianne, Priyanka and Usher.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Julianne said that the backlash against The Activist was a ‘powerful demonstration of real-time activism’. “After the press release announcing The Activist, I heard you say that the show was performative, promoted pseudo-activism over real activism, felt tone-deaf, like Black Mirror, The Hunger Games, and that the hosts weren’t qualified to assess activism because we are celebrities and not activists,” she wrote.
She added, “I heard you say that there was hypocrisy in the show because at the…