Global Citizen Issue Statement Defending New Show ‘The Activist’ After Usher Hosted Series Comes Under Fire!

Written by on September 12, 2021

Usher, Priyanka Chopra, and Julianne Hough have been announced as the hosts of a new CBS series centered on activism.

According to Deadline, ‘The Activist’ is a competition series featuring six inspiring activists who are partnered with three high-profile public figures. Together they work to bring meaningful change to one of three important world causes: health, education, and the environment.

Produced by Global Citizen, the show will see the activists go head-to-head across various challenges to promote their causes, with their success measured via online engagement, social metrics, and the hosts’ feedback.

While some applauded the ethos of the show, others bemoaned the format – arguing that it’s inappropriate to shoe-horn philanthropy into a competition format often reserved for talent shows.

Responding to the concern ane critique, a spokesperson for Global Citizen issued the following statement:

“The Activist spotlights individuals who’ve made it their life’s work to change the world for the better, as well as the incredible and often challenging work they do on the ground in their communities. This is not a reality show to trivialize activism. On the contrary, our aim is to support activists everywhere, show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work, and amplify their causes to an even wider audience.”

Set to air across five weeks, the show premieres October 22, on CBS and will be streamable live and on-demand via Paramount+.

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