Conservatives have called for a boycott of Netflix after the streaming giant announced Monday that Barack and Michelle Obama will produce films and series for the company.
“President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” Netflix tweeted May 21.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2018
The Obamas emphasized the importance of storytelling in separate statements obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — 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,” the 44th Commander-in-Chief said.
The announcement caused the opposition to want to drop the entertainment company completely, despite not knowing exactly what kind of content the former first couple will develop.
“#BoycottNetflix Cancel your subscription now,” someone said. “The Obamas will be spreading [writer and community organizer] Saul [Alinsky’s] ideas all over Netflix!”
“I will be #boycottnetflix due to there [sic] liberal agenda and now signing deal with @POTUS44 @BarackObama,” another said.
“Netflix, please confirm your [sic] paying the Obamas so that I can confirm that I am canceling Netflix after over 15 years because you are paying the Obamas and have now [sold] out to the leftists completely. @netflix #netflix #boycottnetflix,” a user said.
“So glad I don’t have Netflix and now I have a bigger reason not to subscribe,” another person tweeted. “Thanks for my decision. #BoycottNetflix.”
The calls spurred other Twitter users to laugh at the uproar.
“LOL at all the racist snowflakes upset cause the Obamas are making a Netflix show?” someone tweeted. “Y’all don’t give a f— about gun control, children dying or any serious matter really. But the second the Obamas make a Netflix show you all want to take action 😂😂😂 #BoycottNetflix.”
“Watching conservative #snowflakes having a meltdown over the @netflix #obama announcement is funny stuff,” another said. “Ten school children died at the hand of a Trump-lover last week, and they’re worried about TV content. #snowflakes #boycottnetflix.”