Mumbai, September 16, 2021: The American TV reality show "The Activist" lead by judges Priyanka Chopra Jonas, multiple-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Usher, and 'Dancing with the Stars' star Julianne Hough, came under fire for its concept, which led the makers of the show to change its concept.
"The Activist", which was supposed to be a five-week series, has now shifted to a one-time documentary special format, according to Variety. ICYDK, the reality show (now documentary) will consist of six activists from around the world, who will work "to bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education, and the environment".
However, the format of the show sparked huge controversy as many called it the "worst idea ever" and a business-minded show. And after facing criticism, CBS and producing partners Global Citizen and Live Nation issued a statement announcing the change in the show's format.
"The Activist was designed to show a wide audience the passion, long hours, and ingenuity that activists put into changing the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. However, it has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day. The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort", the statement read.
"As a result, we are changing the format to remove the competitive element and reimagining the concept into a primetime documentary special (air date to be announced), it will showcase the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have advocating for causes they deeply believe in. Each activist will be awarded a cash grant for the organization of their choice, as was planned for the original show", the statement continued.
Global Citizen has even apologized to people for hurting their sentiments.
"Global activism centers on collaboration and cooperation, not competition. We apologize to the activists, hosts, and the larger activist community -- we got it wrong. It is our responsibility to use this platform in the most effective way to realize change and elevate the incredible activists dedicating their lives to progress all around the world", the organization said in a separate statement.