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Julianne Hough Responds to Backlash Surrounding ‘The Activist’: ‘I Am Not Qualified to Act as a Judge’

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Listening and learning. Julianne Hough spoke out following the criticism surrounding The Activist, the upcoming CBS reality competition series that she will serve as a judge on alongside Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Usher.The series will follow six activists teamed with three high-profile figures working together “to bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education and the environment,” according to the Thursday, September 9, announcement.

However, the news caused a great deal of backlash.Five days later, the pro dancer, 33, shared a lengthy statement via Instagram, addressing the different feedback she saw — including some that claimed the show shouldn’t have celebrities as judges, but instead real activists.

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