Julianne Hough Responds to ‘The Activist’ Criticisms, Blackface Incident

Julianne Hough has responded to criticism following the announcement of her new actuality present, The Activist, set to debut on CBS this October. In an Instagram publish shared yesterday (Sept. 14), the skilled dancer opened up in regards to the backlash, and the way forward for the collection.

“The last few days have been a powerful demonstration of real-time activism,” the publish begins. “Thank you for using your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor. I am deeply listening with an open heart and mind.”

The Activist was announced round per week in the past at CBS’ TCA panel and nearly instantly went beneath fireplace for its Black Mirror-esque premise. In the brand new actuality collection, six activists will come collectively from throughout the globe to “bring meaningful urge” to one main trigger affecting the planet. Per CBS’ description, “The activists will compete in missions, media stunts, digital campaigns and community events aimed at garnering the attention of the world’s most powerful decision-makers, demanding action, now. The competing activists’ success is measured via online engagement, social metrics and hosts’ input.”

Upset by the idea, followers rapidly shared their opinions on social media — opinions that didn’t go unnoticed by the present’s hosts. Hough is ready to host alongside Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and was the primary to open up in regards to the collection.

“After the press release announcing The Activist, I heard you say that the show was performative,” Hough wrote, persevering with that it “promoted pseudo-activism over real activism, felt tone-deaf, like Black MirrorThe Hunger Games, and that the hosts weren’t qualified to assess activism because we are celebrities and not activists.”

While Hough didn’t make her future with the present clear within the publish, she did deal with that she doesn’t really feel educated sufficient to carry out as a choose on the collection. She additionally addressed her controversial 2013 blackface Halloween costume, by which she went as Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) of Orange is the New Black.

“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,” Hough wrote. “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.”

Hough defined why she initially joined the collection, and what struck her in regards to the idea behind CBS’ The Activist.

“It feels important for me to share that the original reason I signed on to this show was because I was really excited to be a part of something that highlights, and is centered around sharing activists’ work on a larger platform,” Hough defined. “In doing so, I felt it would help educate, mobilize, and inspire people around the world to get involved in activism because many worthy causes need attention, funding, and most importantly, the power to effect real change.”

To shut, Hough tried to present some thought of what the way forward for the truth competitors may seem like. As of now, the present remains to be set to air on CBS subsequent month.

“I do not have all the answers yet,” Hough wrote in her conclusion slide. “I’ve shared your concerns as well as my own with the powers that be, who I believe have listened. I have faith in confidence in the beautiful people that I’ve worked with will make the right choice and do thing moving forward. Not just for the show, but for the greater good.”

The five-week-long actuality collection is ready to premiere Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, and can stream dwell and on demand on Paramount+.

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