Netflix’s content chief assured users on Tuesday that former president Barack Obama will not add a “political slant” to the streaming service.
Video of @netflix content chief talking about Obama deal, says there will be no “political slant,” and does a Freudian slip about ESPN.
“This is not the Obama Network. This not the ESPN—the, er, MSNBC shift.” pic.twitter.com/vRSTagqjLB
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) May 29, 2018
Netflix announced last week that they were signing a contract with Barack and Michelle Obama for content creation. Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos tried to assuage fears that the service is becoming too left-leaning during an event on Tuesday. (RELATED: The Obamas Sign Contract With Netflix)
“You’re a Democrat, your wife is a Democrat, Susan Rice just joined your board — Obama’s national security adviser,” the moderator of the event noted. “You just signed a contract with the Obamas.”
“What do you say to a Republican who says, ‘Netflix is too blue?'” the moderator asked.
“The…deal we made with the president and Michelle is for entertainment programming — they’re making scripted films and series, some unscripted documentary-style, lifestyle programming,” Sarandos responded. “This is not the Obama network, this is not the ESPN — er, MSNBC shift.”
“There’s no political slant,” he added, before admitting that there is already a “left lean” to the “creative community.”