“I’m sorry”: Priyanka Chopra issues stunning public apology after her participation in reality show triggers backlash

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Actor Priyanka Chopra has issued a stunning public apology after her participation in a TV reality show triggered global backlash.

Taking to Instagram, Priyanka wrote, “I have been moved by the power of your voices
over the past week. At its core, Activism is fuelled by cause and effect, and when people come together to raise their voice about something, there is always an effect.”

The Quantico actor said that she was sorry that she had let down her fans by her participation in the reality show, The Activist. She wrote, “You were heard. The show got it wrong, and I’m sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you. The intention was always to bring attention to the people behind the ideas and highlight the actions and impact of the causes they support tirelessly.

“I’m happy to know that in this new format, their stories will be the highlight, and I’m proud to collaborate with partners who have their ear to the ground and know when it’s time to hit pause and re-evaluate.”

The actor concluded her post by paying tribute to activists all around the world as she wrote, “There is a global community of activists who fight the fight every single day and put their blood, sweat and tears into creating change, but more often than not, they are rarely heard or acknowledged. Their work is so important and they too deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do.”

Priyanka was announced as a host of The Activist along with Julianne Hough and Usher. But her participation had evoked angry reactions from her fans, who accused the show of being performative in light of real activism throughout the country.



 

According to reports, the show was meant to have six participants, who were expected to be joined by three public figures in a bid to make significant changes to issues such as environment, healthcare and education. However, the bone of the contention was how they were meant to be judged. Instead of their judging them based on their ability to bring about meaning changes, they were expected to be measured based on their skills in creating ‘online engagement, social metrics, and hosts’ input.’