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CBS yanks virtue-signaling ‘The Activist’ reality show after barrage of leftist gripes

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The Twitterverse of cancel culture aficionados have struck again, this time in a surprising manner, ridding the world of another desperately unneeded, virtue-signaling, celebrity reality television show otherwise seemingly right up their alley called, “The Activist.”

The reality show was slated to air on the CBS Network on October 22, but after serious backlash online just one week ago (despite the project’s announcement in May) CBS, Global Citizen and Live Nation executives have pulled the emergency brake on the show as they reevaluate how to move forward.

“The Activist” was to be a competition series hosted by celebrities Usher, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Julianne Hough that showcased the “passion, long hours, and ingenuity that activists put into changing the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same,” the joint statement from the three companies described.

“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 continued.

The companies announced that they are “changing the format to remove the competitive element and reimagining the concept into a primetime documentary special.”

The booted series would have featured six activists who represent either health, education, or environmental causes competing against one another in challenges that supposedly raise awareness about the chosen issues. At the end of the series, three winners each representing a respective cause would have been chosen to meet with  world leaders in October at Rome’s G20 summit, to advocate for “funding and awareness for their causes.”

As if the show weren’t hypocritical enough, the multibillionaires and celebrity, entertainment, and athletic royalty who attend the G20 summit often take their private yachts or private jets to arrive. You don’t suppose they’re asked about offsetting their carbon footprint…

Wait, wait…there’s more!

Popstars were to be included in the finale at the Global Citizen Live event hosted in Central Park. Talk about an insult to real activists.

The two female hosts posted their own apologies on their social media.

Julianne Hough, 33, who was also called out for a past Halloween costume featuring blackface, wrote:

“The last few days have been a powerful demonstration of real-time activism. Thank you for using your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor. I am deeply listening with an open heart and mind.”


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Chopra-Jonas also took to Instagram to issue an apology:

Global Citizens took to Twitter to address their involvement in the tone-deaf series:

Footage from the original series will be trashed entirely and the documentary will begin from scratch though it will feature the same activists, according to Variety. The documentary’s release remains undetermined.

Kay Apfel


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