"I do not claim to be an activist and I fully agree that the judgment aspect of the show has missed the mark, and furthermore, that I am not qualified to act as a judge.
Co-produced by Global Citizen, an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty, the show will feature six activists equippingeg with leading mentors and then competing to champion a particular cause for “meaningful change”.
Participants, who will be judged not only on their ideas but also on their online engagement and social measures, will travel to the G20 summit in Italy in October where, according to the press release, they will try to secure "invaluable funding and awareness for their causes ".
"The Activist is a one-of-a-kind competition series that will inspire real change as the series progresses. from the United States to Rome for the latest activists' challenge at the G20 "said Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of Global Citizen.
" The audience will see activists' passion and commitment to their causes tested as they call on world leaders to take urgent action to resolve the issue.s the interconnected crises we face. Grown up, Global Citizen has sought to downplay criticism, insisting that the show will not "trivialize" activism. "On the contrary, our aim is to support activists around the world, to show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work and to amplify their causes to an even wider audience " "a spokesperson told Deadline.
Others disagree. On Twitter, British activist Gina Martin declared the concept to be "the relative worst ".
"1. Why the hell are they judging this 2. Why the hell is there a TV show that turns activist into competition when all * essential * [sic] of activism is solidarity and community, ”she said. added.
Writer Stephanie Yeboah described the idea as "really horrible ". "A reality show about who can be the next Insta activist?" It is performative at best, and makes the hard work that many local organizations do in the field, on a daily basis, a bit light. Disgusting "she added.
Many critics have turned their anger on famous judges: Hough, singer Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the 'former Miss World and Bollywood turned Hollywood star.
"Couldn't they just donate the money it takes to pay this incredible talent dear and doing this show, straight to militant causes? "tweeted actor Jameela Jamil." Rather than turn activism into a game and then donate a fraction of the much-needed money in a “price…?” People are dying. ”
Additional disbeliefElementary came from those who pointed out that Hough wore blackface for a Halloween costume portraying a character from the drama Orange Is The New Black, in 2013. She apologized at the time but did so. did again in response to new reviews from those who thought she wasn 't suited to The Activist.
"On top of all this [show review], a lot of people are just starting to realize that I was wearing blackface in 2013, which is a further insult to the name calling. Wearing blackface was a bad choice due to my own privilege white and my prejudices about the white body hurting people and this is something I wish I had done so far, "she said.
Global Citizen has been approached for comment.