- Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted a press release on Instagram apologizing for her involvement in “The Activist.”
- The sequence was set to have six activists compete for funding with Chopra Jonas as certainly one of three judges.
- Chopra Jonas mentioned the present’s intention was to “bring light” to activists’ work however “got it wrong.”
Priyanka Chopra Jonas launched a press release on Instagram yesterday addressing the backlash following her involvement in CBS’ “The Activist.”
In response to Deadline, the sequence, initially set to be a actuality TV competitors, would have pitted six activists in opposition to one another and three winners would get to pitch their causes to the G20 summit to obtain funding.
Final week, Deadline reported that Chopra Jonas together with singer Usher and dancer Julianne Hough could be the judges of the sequence. This announcement confronted backlash and ridicule from celebrities, activists, and politicians together with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, and Jameela Jamil.
—Clover Hogan (@cloverhogan) September 11, 2021
Local weather activist Clover Hogan posted a thread claiming that she was approached to seem on the present however declined when she came upon it was a contest. Talking to Vulture, Hogan mentioned: “Their whole thing about, ‘We’re giving a platform to activists, and we’re giving them access to resources’ — all of that screams disingenuous. I feel for the people who have gone through this process right until the end.”
On Thursday, Chopra Jonas apologized in a press release for taking part within the present saying she had been “moved” by the criticisms of the present.
“The show got it wrong, and I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you,” the 39-year-old actress mentioned on Instagram. “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. I’m happy to know that in this new format, their stories will be the highlight, and I’m proud to collaborate with partners who have their ear to the ground and know when it’s time to hit pause and re-evaluate.”
Following the backlash, World Citizen, CBS, and LiveNation — the producers of the present — launched a press release apologizing for making the sequence a contest
—World Citizen (@GlblCtzn) September 15, 2021
“Global activism centers on collaboration and cooperation, not competition. We apologize to the activists, hosts, and the larger activist community — we got it wrong,” the assertion learn. “It is our responsibility to use this platform in the most effective way to realize change and elevate the incredible activists dedicating their lives to progress all around the world.”
The assertion additionally defined that the sequence will take away the competitors aspect and as a substitute turn into “a primetime documentary special” showcasing the six activists’ work and award a money grant for the group of their alternative.
Chopra Jonas’ fellow choose Hough additionally responded to backlash over her place within the present following her 2013 blackface controversy the place she wore blackface make-up to decorate up as Uzo Aduba’s “Orange Is the New Black” character for Halloween.
“I do not claim to be an activist and wholeheartedly agree that the judging aspect of the show missed the mark and furthermore, that I am not qualified to act as a judge,” she wrote in a press release posted on Instagram. “Wearing blackface was a poor choice based on my own white privilege and white body bias that hurt people and is something that I regret doing to this day.”
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