Obama blasted for producing movie with line about not trusting 'white people'

By Jen Krausz on
 December 13, 2023

The Netflix movie Leave the World Behind, produced by the Higher Ground production company owned by Barack and Michelle Obama, has created a backlash against the former president.

In the movie, which chronicles the aftermath of a major cyberattack, a mixed-race character tells her Black father not to trust "white people."

"I'm asking you to remember that if the world falls apart, trust should not be doled out easily to anyone, especially white people -- even mom would agree with me on that," the woman said.

Obama was a consultant on the Sam Esmail film and gave him notes on the script, according to Newsweek. Esmail said in Vanity Fair about Obama's involvement:

In the original drafts of the script, I definitely pushed things a lot farther than they were in the film, and President Obama, having the experience he does have, was able to ground me a little bit on how things might unfold in reality. I am writing what I think is fiction, for the most part, I’m trying to keep it as true to life as possible, but I’m exaggerating and dramatizing. And to hear an ex-president say you’re off by a few details. ... I thought I was off by a lot! The fact that he said that scared the f*** out of me.

"White people are the only group you’re allowed and celebrated to be racist towards, and it will be put into movies by the most influential people," Libs of TikTok posted on X.

"This is unacceptable," conservative social media figure Liz Churchill wrote. "I would say the same thing if they said this about people of color. How is this okay?"