Chris Rock is never bashful about giving his opinion.
The longtime comic recently shared his views with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) about the new deal between the Obamas and Netflix.
(Spoiler alert: He’s not a fan.)
“I don’t want to live in a world where President [Barack] Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score,” Rock said.
He continued, “I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don’t want [Obama] to be involved with that.”
In May, the Obamas negotiated a multiyear agreement with Netflix to work on content with the service. (Perhaps it’s no coincidence, by the way, that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under Barack Obama, was named to the Netflix board of directors in March.)
Chris Rock has signed major deals with Netflix in the past, one reportedly worth $40 million two years ago, as THR points out.
He also has a pair of stand-up specials with the video streaming service and stars with Adam Sandler in the recent Netflix original movie “The Week Of.”
The veteran Hollywood star did have one bit of advice for the Obamas about working in show business.
“I’d just send them over to Donald Glover,” he said. “That’s what I’d do.”
Glover has recently made waves under his stage name, Childish Gambino. His hit video, “This is America,” criticizes American gun culture. Glover also recently appeared as “pansexual” Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
Chris Rock has become a force in Hollywood while preserving a fiercely independent streak. He also had an explanation for why he refuses to do stand-up on college campuses.
“I stopped playing colleges … [It’s] their willingness not to offend anybody,” he said in a 2014 interview with Frank Rich published in Vulture. “Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive,” Rock said.
“This is not as much fun as it used to be,” he added.
Rock has been a fan of Barack Obama throughout his political career, even saying at one point the former president was too “cool” to make fun of — though in his Vulture interview, he seemed to back off that viewpoint.
Now, Obama is entering the world of entertainment. That’s apparently crossing a threshold that makes Rock uncomfortable.
Netflix’s brand approval is plummeting among Republicans, according to a YouGov BrandIndex poll released this month. Its brand approval fell 18 points with Republicans, and rose 15 points with Democrats — and the deal with the Obamas no doubt had a lot to do with that shift.