The Activist: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Usher and Julianne Hough’s competition series pits activists against each other, receives severe backlash from netizens


Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Usher and Julianne Hough are all set to co-host the Global Citizen competition series The Activist which is a five-week reality show that will pit activists against each other to vie for the coveted title. Six inspiring activists will be teamed with three high-profile public figures who will work together to bring meaningful change to one of three vitally important world causes: health, education and environment, reported an online portal. However, the reality show has already courted controversy with netizens and celebs slamming the makers for turning activism into a game.

Twitter users had a bevy of questions about the show’s premise and the controversial cast including Hough who has famously donned blackface for Halloween. Celebs like Jameela Jamil, author Kimberley Drew, environmentalist and author Leah Thomas, writer and stylist Aja Barber, Naomi Klein, activist and fomer Georgia congressional candidate Nabilah Islam, rapper Donwill and several others called out the show. Check out their posts below:


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According to the network’s plot description, The Activist will see participants “go head-to-head in challenges to promote their causes, with their success measured via online engagement, social metrics, and hosts’ input.” The finalists will attend the G-20 summit scheduled for October 30-31 in Italy and “meet with world leaders in the hope of securing funding and awareness for their causes.”

After the severe backlash, Global Citizen issued a statement to a portal and said, “The Activist spotlights individuals who’ve made it their life’s work to change the world for the better, as well as the incredible and often challenging work they do on the ground in their communities.This is not a reality show to trivialize activism. On the contrary, our aim is to support activists everywhere, show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work, and amplify their causes to an even wider audience.”

The five-week reality series premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on October 22, on CBS and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

(Source: Deadline/Twitter/Instagram)