Netflix announced Wednesday that former national security adviser and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice has been chosen to serve on the company’s board of directors, Fox News reported.
A statement from CEO and Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings praised Rice for her work in the Obama administration.
“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” he said. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”
Rice said she is “thrilled” with the new role.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire,” she said in a statement.
Netflix’s announcement to bring on the highly controversial political figure brought a wave of backlash, with many costumers threatening to cancel their subscriptions.
“A lot of people feel like after what she did, especially on Benghazi — the way she misrepresented that perspective — it feels like yet another internet or media behemoth welcoming in liberals and saying ‘Come on board,'” explained Fox News host Pete Hegseth.
Hegseth is referring to Rice’s handling of the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, which she repeatedly claimed was a spontaneous outbreak of violence in response to an anti-Islamic internet video.
This was later proven untrue.
Customers threaten to cancel their Netflix subscriptions after former UN Ambassador Susan Rice is named to its board pic.twitter.com/bYaKZthzCu
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 29, 2018
Below are just a few Twitter responses from everyday Americans who threatened to cancel their subscription.
Netflix has decided to appoint Susan Rice to their board of directors .
The same woman that lied on TV 6 times about a YouTube video causing the murders of 4 Americans ! @netflix still shilling for the Deep State like they did for Obama in the 2012 election #BoycottNetflix
— ???? ???? (@LeahR77) March 29, 2018
— Gina ⭐️⭐️⭐️ TEXT TRUMP to 88022 (@Gina4Trump) March 28, 2018
Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton also called out the company for appearing to ignore Rice’s record within the former White House administration.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 28, 2018
Rice is not the only political figure to be intimately involved with Netflix.
“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.”
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