Breitbart News reports that Netflix has released a ten-part animated series from Barack and Michelle Obama that seeks to “reframe” how children think about the U.S. government, American history, and civic engagement.
Described as a cross between Schoolhouse Rock and an LSD-laced corporate diversity seminar, We the People “brings together psychedelic animation and instantly forgettable songs to teach kids about citizenship, voting, taxes, and activism.” Netflix describes the show as “an exuberant call to action for everyone to rethink civics as a living, breathing thing.”
Each five-minute episode basically “functions as an advertisement for the Obamas and their third term in the White House.” “Almost everyone in this animated universe is a racial minority,” the article continues. “The repeated image of a raised fist name-checks Black Lives Matter without really doing it.”
The audience presumably is young people, but “children likely won’t know what to make of the show’s lysergic animation, which feels like an attempt at counter-culture coolness. Anyone above the age of ten will find the show almost insultingly simple-minded.” The real audience, Breitbart News notes, is “Netflix executives and the show’s elite pop stars who are patting themselves on the back.”