I’d venture to say the Obamas are getting more work done now that they are no longer in the White House than Trump is actually accomplishing as President. Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming drops in bookstores later this year, and on top of continuing much of the work they started during Obama’s two terms in office, they have also signed on for a multi-million dollar production deal with streaming giant Netflix. In the deal, the Obamas will produce a number of documentaries, features and even scripted series. However, not everyone is a fan of the former First Family’s money moves. Comedian Chris Rock recently shared why he can’t get behind the Obamas’ latest business deal.
Rock, who signed his own $40 million-dollar deal with Netflix two years ago recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his concerns:
“I don’t want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score.”
“I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don’t want [him] to be involved with that.”
Rock, whose deal included a pair of stand-up specials as well as a movie starring opposite fellow SNL alum, Adam Sandler, feels Netflix isn’t the place for The Obamas, but does have a suggestion on who they should see if they’re looking to get into production:
“I’d just send them over to Donald Glover.”
“That’s what I’d do.”
Is Chris Rock just clowning or does he have point? More and more citizens are expressing resentment over the fact that the government has seem to become a reality show, with Donald Trump taking to Twitter every five seconds to vent, attack anyone who doesn’t agree with his policies all the while using a social media platform to hold personal press conferences. Just last week while many applauded her efforts, it was questionable that meeting with reality star Kim Kardashian led to the pardon of Alice Johnson although the efforts of many public figures who are arguably more well-versed in prison reform have not resulted in immediate action. Even Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed recently that the Obamas should “dedicate themselves more to the public arena”.
It will be interesting to see what type of content the Obamas get involved in regarding the Netflix deal. We’re sure it will be far from a “Moving On With Michelle” type of reality show that could be found on the E! network, but could this move blur the line between social issues and celebrity?