Get ready for a future of endless corporate-driven virtue signaling. We’re at the point where Hollywood is literally turning activism into a reality TV competition a la American Idol and Hell’s Kitchen. Yep. Coming to your TV screens in the future is … The Activist.
Wow, we’re now turning revolutionaries into TV stars? In the words of American Idol's Randy Jackson, “That will be a no from me, dawg.”
Again, this is not a joke. In all seriousness self-righteous, community organizers are getting a reality competition at CBS that will be hosted by entertainment industry superstars. Hollywood outlet Deadline reported, “Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough are set to co-host the Global Citizen competition series from CBS, The Activist.”
We’ve really jumped the shark haven’t we?
According to the outlet, Communist Idol -- ahem, The Activist -- is a “five-week” reality series that premieres on October 22 on broadcast TV, CBS’ streaming platform, and Paramount+.
The aim of the show is to have six budding young activists, presumably with dreams of anti-colonial safe spaces and collectivist Utopias, each team up “with three high-profile public figures” to see who has the best earth-saving and community organizing initiative.
“Activists go head-to-head in challenges to promote their causes, with their success measured via online engagement, social metrics, and hosts’ input,” Deadline explained. OK, so it’s a safe bet these will be lefty acceptable causes only, right? Of course there will be a Black Lives Matter initiative, a contestant who’s pursuing climate change activism, and probably someone looking to better New Guinea tribes people in the realm of women’s reproductive rights.
Can’t you just envision Usher applauding the efforts of a sixteen-year-old girl who found a way to make abortion cheap and convenient for indigenous people? We can.
On the flipside, we don’t expect to see contestants who champion actual good causes, like pro-life activism, or school choice. Or they will have those contestants on just so they can get ridiculed by viewers and lectured by the famous hosts as they are pointed towards the door.
The winner of this competition actually gets to go to the next G20 Summit in Rome, Italy. Yup. The piece stated, “There, they will meet with world leaders in the hope of securing funding and awareness for their causes.” Oh yes. These budding activists get the chance to live their dreams as crying climate child Greta Thunberg. Nothing sounds more exciting than going across the Atlantic to be patronized by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron before a lame photo op.
This is all super exciting, isn't’ it? And remember, the people behind The Activist, “Global Citizen,” those are the same cool people who put on “Vax Live: A Concert to Reunite the World.” Oh yes, so think of that when you lose your job over not getting the vaccine. Reality TV is now being organized and produced by the same people who made that happen to you.
The Brave New World is here and it freaking sucks.