Priyanka Chopra Jonas has spoken out against her role in the upcoming CBS show “The Activist,” which has been severely lambasted for its idea of pitting activists against one another to promote various causes.
In a statement posted to Instagram on Thursday, Chopra Jonas said, “The program got it wrong, and I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you.”
Chopra Jonas, Usher, and Julianne Hough were named as judges for the forthcoming series by CBS last week. The show will feature six activists fighting against each other to promote health, education, or environmental causes.
In response to concerns that the show presented activism as a competition, the show’s producers, CBS, Global Citizen, and Live Nation, stated on Wednesday that “The Activist” will be retooled as a documentary special.
The firms issued a joint statement saying, “It has become clear that the nature of the presentation as announced distracts from the essential work these outstanding activists perform in their communities every day.” “The fight for global transformation is a worldwide effort, not a competition.”
In her statement, Chopra Jonas said she was “struck by the force of your voices throughout the past week.”
She wrote, “You were heard.” “I’m sorry that my involvement in the show disappointed so many of you, but the show got it wrong. The goal was always to spotlight the individuals behind the ideas, as well as the actions and impact of the causes they relentlessly support.”
The performer expressed her pride in working with collaborators who “know when it’s time to click pause and re-evaluate.”
Hough responded to the outcry on Instagram this week, stating that she “wholeheartedly” agreed that the show’s premise was off the mark, and that she is “not equipped to act as a judge” in a message posted Wednesday.
The “Dancing With the Stars” alum also used the incident in 2013 when she dressed up in blackface for Halloween as an example of how her appearance on the show exacerbated the problem.
She added, “Wearing blackface was a poor choice based on my own white privilege and white body bias that injured others and is something I regret to this day.”