[caption id="attachment_28673" align="alignright" width="620"] Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former U.S. president Barack Obama. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg) [/caption]
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:
[falcon-embed src="embed_1"] An equally vocal Twitter contingent looks forward to what the Obamas will bring to Netflix, and has some programming suggestions: [falcon-embed src="embed_2"]
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."