Listening and learning. Julianne Hough spoke out following the criticism surrounding The Activist, the upcoming CBS reality competition series that she will serve as a judge on alongside Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Usher.
The series will follow six activists teamed with three high-profile figures working together “to bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education and the environment,” according to the Thursday, September 9, announcement. However, the news caused a great deal of backlash.
Five days later, the pro dancer, 33, shared a lengthy statement via Instagram, addressing the different feedback she saw including some that claimed the show shouldn’t have celebrities as judges, but instead real activists.
“I heard you say there was hypocrisy in the show because at the root of activism is a fight against capitalism and the trauma that it causes so many people and that the show itself felt like a shiny capitalistic endeavor,” the Dancing With the Stars alum wrote on Tuesday, September 14.
“I also heard you say that trying to value one cause over another felt like the Oppression Olympics and totally missed and disrespected the many activists who have been killed, assaulted and faced various abuses fighting for their causes. And because of this, there is a feeling of insult, dehumanization, insensitivity and hurt that is being rightfully felt.