‘No Chillin’ with the Obamas! – netflix Users Cry

As if the world is not filled with enough reasons to be sad, some Netflix users have decided to add the streaming provider’s newly announced deal with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the list.

After the deal was announced last Monday, a growing number of users have said they will cancel their Netflix subscriptions and called on others to do the same. The users, who continue to express their displeasure with the deal on Twitter, have also posted screenshots of their Netflix cancellation confirmation pages.

“Do you subscribe to Netflix?” one Twitter user asked on Monday. “Today they announced a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama. Please cancel (sic) your subscription and show them this shall not stand!” Another person said that he “kinda liked Netflix,” but “now I have to cancel.”

“More political crap from Netflix,” another Twitter user wrote. “Many will cancel their subscriptions. Hope it was worth it.”

Netflix announced last Monday, 21st May, 2018, that it had formed a partnership with the Obamas. The multi-year agreement paves the way for the Obamas to produce anything 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,” the former President said in a statement.

Netflix’s Content Chief, Ted Sarandos said in a statement that the Obamas are “uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”

Still, some Netflix users have complained that the move could turn political and have voiced their concerns over the web.

For its part, Netflix declined Fortune.com‘s request for comment on the complaints and instead said it had nothing more to share beyond its statement on Monday.

It is also worth noting that Twitter complaints do not necessarily translate to subscriptions. And since Netflix has 125 million memberships to its streaming service, it is unlikely the number of cancellations will put a dent in that number.

 

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