Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have entered into a partnership with Netflix, and the Twittersphere has opinions.
The New York Times reports that the Obamas announced the formation of a new company, Higher Ground Productions, that will produce original content for the streaming service.
According to Business Insider, the Obamas’ deal with Netflix could run the gamut from scripted series to documentaries and features. “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,” Barack Obama said in a statement.
The former president told associates that he doesn’t intend to use the platform to attack the present administration or to counter conservative voices in the media. But a number of conservatives and Trump supporters on Twitter are not convinced:
Looks like it may be time to cancel my Netflix account. The Obama legacy they made school lunches inedible, healthcare unaffordable and next they will make Netflix unwatchable.
— AndrewConsalvi (@ConsalviAndrew) May 22, 2018
.@GovMikeHuckabee on Obama-Netflix deal: "They were anti-capitalist during his administration, now they're becoming capitalist and I'm happy to welcome them to the fold of people who believe that making money is not an evil thing." pic.twitter.com/xX9v9ytj5F
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 22, 2018
Lecture to people who think Fox is "State Run TV": Please watch the other networks gushing over the Obama-Netflix deal. "Our very talented Obamas are curating and cultivating inspirational films!" It's broadcast Ipecac.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) May 22, 2018
I'm canceling my netflix subscription.
— Christian (@Booze_and_Tacos) May 22, 2018
Good thing Roseanne is available on hulu, just canceled my Netflix. Can't be affiliated with Obama programming.
— Duh Drizzle (@DrizzleDuh) May 21, 2018
Can't wait for Obama's first @netflix show, "Comedians in Drones Getting Coffee"
— Adam Szym (@adamszym) May 22, 2018
An equally vocal Twitter contingent looks forward to what the Obamas will bring to Netflix, and has some programming suggestions:
Barack and Michelle Obama having their own show on Netflix is sure to enrage Trump and delight America. Can’t wait to watch it.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 21, 2018
Coming soon from the Obama-Netflix Deal: ARMED NARCOS: An quick & angry — er, make that fast & furious — Mexican drug dealer rises to the top of the cartel once the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms starts shipping him guns, no questions asked. https://t.co/j1k9RURDOD pic.twitter.com/h8JA5Az5QN
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 22, 2018
Awesome! The Obama’s are coming to #NetFlix. Finally a breath of fresh air after more than a year of listening to the babbling idiot in the Oval Office.
— W Smith Ω :sunglasses: Fire The GOP-Impeach Trump (@WesSmith123) May 22, 2018
Barack and Michelle Obama just signed a multi-year deal to produce movies and shows for Netflix. pic.twitter.com/8kdiCH4sLV
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 21, 2018
Barack Obama: Hey Eric loved your script, but we have some notes. Need you to make it edgier. Raise the stakes. And we’re playing with Netflix money here, so anything goes — pic.twitter.com/nKERonYzMF
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) May 21, 2018
Breaking- Barack and Michelle Obama sign multi year deal with Netflix and will both win an Emmy before Trump.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 21, 2018
Time will tell what this partnership yields, but Alyssa Rosenberg in The Washington Post sounds a dubious note: “‘Obama Nostalgia’ may be yet another category of content for Netflix to build a display carousel around, along with movies such as the mediocre Obama romantic comedy ‘Southside With You’ and the young-Obama biopic ‘Barry.’ But it’s hard to believe that Obama projects alone will bring in a flock of new subscribers and keep them for the long term. If Netflix really wants to make itself the only entertainment service its subscribers need, it’ll have to do more than offer a few things to a million different interest groups.”