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Julianne Hough responds to critics calling her new show 'The Activist' 'tone-deaf' and 'performative'

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Julianne Hough issued a lengthy statement on Instagram responding to criticism surrounding her upcoming CBS competition series, "The Activist."  The series drew backlash since its announcement for its gimmick of pitting activists against each other in a competition that will see the former "Dancing with the Stars" pro judge whether or not a group of activists made any meaningful change along with fellow celebrities Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

As People notes, the show has been accused of commodifying activism by measuring success by way of celebrities’ opinions as well the engagement on the contestants’ respective social media campaigns that address three pressing causes — health, education and the environment.

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