Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have signed a deal with Netflix to produce original TV shows and movies, and the conservative backlash against the streaming service has already started.
Though Obama associates have said it’s unlikely for the Netflix programs to be overtly partisan, there are still plenty of people on social media voicing their displeasure with the news — some threatening to cancel their Netflix subscription.
It’s not the first time Netflix has faced conservative backlash. In March, Obama-era UN Ambassador Susan Rice joined the Netflix board of directors. Some subscribers were outraged because of inaccurate statements Rice made in 2012 after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has also been critical of President Donald Trump in the past. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hastings endorsed Hillary Clinton and said “Trump would destroy much of what is great about America.”
“Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it’s important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for,” Hastings said at the time.
Netflix tweeted on Monday that the Obamas “entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.”