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MAKING WAVES JULIANNE HOUGH

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The actress addressed backlash over her controvers­ial new show, “The Activist,” a CBS reality series that she will host with Priyanka Chopra and Usher. Premiering Oct. 22, the show features six activists who compete to make a difference in health, education, or the environmen­t, according to CBS. Critics say the concept is “performati­ve,” and Hough addressed those concerns in a Instagram statement acknowledg­ing that she doesn’t “claim to be an activist and wholeheart­edly” agrees “that the judging aspect of the show missed the mark, and ... I am not qualified to act as a judge.” She also addressed her own past, in which she wore blackface while dressing as an “Orange Is the New Black” character for Halloween in 2013, saying it’s “something that I regret doing to this day.”

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