Priyanka Chopra apologises amid backlash to her reality series: We got it wrong

Priyanka Chopra appears to ignore William and Kate

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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.

I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you

Priyanka Chopra

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.

Priyanka continued: “The show got it wrong, and I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you.

“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,” the statement ended.

The show’s creators have now confirmed that the original format of the show has been scrapped.

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)

Author and blogger Stephanie Yeboah also said that the concept was “gross”.

She told her 49,200 followers: “This is truly horrific, lol. (sic)

“A reality competition show on who can be the next Insta-activist?

“It’s performative at best, and kinda makes light of the hard work a lot of grassroots organisations do on the ground, on a daily basis.” she ended her tweet.

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