Julianne Hough posted a long statement on Instagram in response to criticism regarding its upcoming CBS competition series, " The Activist . "
The series has generated negative reactions since its announcement for its gadget of pitting activists against each other another in a competition that will see the old " Dancing with the Stars " to judge whether or not a group of activists made a significant change with other celebrities Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Fr as long as People Note, the show has been accused of commodifying activism by measuring success through the opinions of celebrities as well as engagement on the nominees' respective social media campaigns that address three pressing causes - health, education and the environment.
On Tuesday, Hough took to her Instagram where she deposited a five page statement on the issue acknowledging the comments the show received.
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"These The past few days have been a powerful display of real-time activism, "she began. "Thank you for using your voices, for calling me, for your responsibility and for your candor. I listen deeply with an open heart and mind. "
Julianne Hough responded to comments that her new show " The Activist "is " deaf ". (Jerritt Clark / WireImage)
The star went on to acknowledge complaints that the show was promoting aperformative pseudo-activism and that it was "inaudible." . "
" I heard you say that there is hypocrisy in the series because at the root of activism is a struggle against capitalism and the trauma it causes to so many people and which the show itself felt was a brilliant capitalist enterprise, "she continued." I also heard you say that trying to value a cause rather than another resembled the Olympics of oppression and utterly failed and disrespectful of the many activists who have been killed, assaulted and abused while fighting for their causes. "
The star admitted that she also didn't think she qualified to judge activism given that she was not an activist herself. However, she stopped mentioning any type of change in his role in the project.
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Instead, she moved to acknowledge the fact that due to the controversy, many people first found out that she wore blackface in 2013 at a costume party where she dressed up as a "Crazy Eyes " character. 'Uzo Aduba in "Orange Is The New Black.
"Wearing blackface was a bad choice based on my own white and white privilege of bodily prejudices that hurt people and that ' is something that I still regret today, "she wrote. "However, the regret I live with is pale compared to the experiences of so many people. My commitment has been to think and act differently. Not perfectly, but I hope with a more developed understanding than the racism and white supremacy are harmful to ALL people. "
The star concluded her post by notingIt was important to her that people understood that she was committed to making the show in the hopes that it might help her promote activism.
Dancer and actress Julianne Hough has responded to reviews for her new show. (Reuters)
"It seems important to 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 focused on sharing the work of activists on a bigger platform, "she explained. "In doing so, I thought it would help educate, mobilize and inspire people around the world to get involved in activism, as many worthy causes need attention, funding and , above all, the power to bring about real change. "
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Its Comments echo those made by the producing partner of "The Activist " Global Citizen in a statement at Deadline .
" 'The activist ' highlights people who have done their life's work to change the world for the better, as well as the incredible and often difficult work they do on the ground in their communities. This is not a reality TV show to sort out activism. On the contrary, our goal is to support activists everywhere, to show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work, and to amplify their causes to an even wider audience. "
Hough concluded her lengthy statement by promising her followers that she "always listens " and that she brought criticism of the folks in mind behind the show. However, she has not announced any changes to its format nor if one is forthcoming.