Netflix is apparently too successful and needs to hemorrhage some cash. They’ve already dropped millions on flops from Dave Chapelle and Will Smith so now they want to pay Barack Obama big bucks for a TV series even liberals couldn’t bring themselves to watch. Remember how boring he was as president? Now imagine that in TV show form.
The New York Times reports:
Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Doesn’t “high-profile” indicate something people might be interested in? I guess words mean whatever the liberals at the NYT say they do.
Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.
It sounds horrible, but the reporting is actually quite funny:
Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming. They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.
Inspirational stories? Like a guy born in Kenya who smokes dope and never gets a real job but somehow ends up being President of the United States? I guess that is pretty inspiration. Or how about a little boy born on the south side of Chicago who grows up to be the First Lady. Again, truly inspirational.
But the Netflix deal, while not a direct answer to Fox News or Breitbart.com, would give Mr. Obama an unfiltered method of communication with the public similar to the audiences he already reaches through social media, with 101 million Twitter followers and 55 million people who have liked his Facebook page.
In other words, Obama is going to use this show to directly attack the Trump administration and the small sliver of conservative news out there.
When I say this sounds lame, I mean this sounds lame:
In one possible show idea, Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change — and that have continued to divide a polarized American electorate during President Trump’s time in office.
Yeah, it was pretty much Obama himself that was causing the great divide in this country, not the issues. It was kind of his specialty to divide people along racial, political, and religious lines.
Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values.
Wow, I would rather scoop my eyes to with a spoon and then shove them in my ears until my eardrums burst than watch this show. Is there anyone on the planet who thinks Michelle Obama talking about nutrition is anything but torture?
The New York Times hasn’t nailed down a dollar figure that Netflix will pay for Obama’s show, but anything is too much. Literally no one is going to sign up for the streaming service just for the Obama show, but I’m sure plenty people will cancel because of it.