Julianne Hough

Responds To Intense Backlash Over New Reality Show 'The Activist' She's hitting pause on her role as a judge.

The former ‘DWTS’ pro took to social media to address the tidal wave of backlash she received for signing on as a judge of CBS’ new show.

"After the press release announcing The Activist, I heard you say that the show was performative, promoted pseudo-activism over real activism," she wrote on IG.

Mea culpa

Julianne continued, "and that the hosts weren’t qualified to assess activism because we are celebrities and not activists.”

The show will reportedly see activists compete in missions, media stunts, and digital campaigns to bring "meaningful change" to either health, education, or the environment.

“I do not claim to be an activist and wholeheartedly agree that the judging aspect of the show missed the mark and furthermore, that I am not qualified to act as a judge."

Hough's message continued and addressed the specific backlash to her 'Orange Is The New Black' Halloween costume, in which she wore blackface.

"Many people are just becoming aware that I wore blackface in 2013, which only further added insult to injury.”

"Wearing blackface was a poor choice based on my own white privilege and white body bias that hurt people," Julianne said.