Yesterday Netflix announced that former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, have inked a multi-year deal with the streaming service to create content that includes TV and films, scripted and unscripted, narrative and documentary. The Obamas have set up Higher Ground Productions for this endeavor. In a statement, Barack said, “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.” Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
Beyond these vague aspirations, we have no idea what kind of content the Obamas will be making or who they’ll be making it with. CNN predicts we could see the first productions from this unexpected (and spectacular) deal as early as 2019. And I predict that President* Donald Trump wasn’t super stoked to log onto Twitter yesterday to see the Obamas trending.
Just imagine!! As Trump is in the midst of impeachment Barack and Michelle Obama could be in the midst of winning that Emmy Trump never got, for their new Netflix series.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 21, 2018
I'm pretty sure some heads would actually explode.
Barack and Michelle Obama signed a multimillion dollar contract to produce their own shows on Netflix. This is sure to entertain, educate and at the same time enrage Trump/GOP. While the Obama's have fun the Trumps will face impeachment and jail time. KARMA!#MAGA— Ali (@realAliTweets) May 21, 2018
Not everyone was excited. Conservatives are calling for their peers to cancel their Netflix subscriptions. Because when liberals boycott, it’s censorship and oppression, but when they do it, it’s patriotism.
Calling all Patriots!— We Support 45 & The Wall! (@WeSupport45) May 21, 2018
Do you subscribe to @NetFlix?
Today they announced a multi year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama
Please Cancel your subscription & show them this shall not stand!#RETWEET
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Netflix, Please confirm your paying the Obamas so that I can confirm that I am cancelling netflix after over 15 years because you are paying the Obamas and have now sould out to the leftists completely. @netflix #netflix #boycottnetflix— David Ward (@FCdavid2015) May 21, 2018
So glad I don’t have Netflix and now I have a biggger reason not to subscribe. Thanks for my decision. #BoycottNetflix— Why-Me (@Sandrahadenough) May 21, 2018
Never got Netflix. I need to save money. I will read the Bible instead #BoycottNetflix— Daniel Cwik (@Daniel_Cwik) May 21, 2018
This isn’t the first time conservatives have boycotted Netflix. Remember how riled they got when the Dear White People trailer dropped? That show went on to score critical praise and a second season. Per CNN, Netflix boasts around 125 million subscribers. So, should they fear the consumer might of conservatives? Probably not.
May #MAGA's initiative to #BoycottNetflix be as successful as their boycott of— Madame Common Sense (@CulturallyAlive) May 21, 2018
When you all work together, you can achieve almost nothing at all 😀