The Netflix film ‘Leave the World Behind,’ executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, has generated massive controversy and been criticized for dividing the American people around a line of dialog uttered by one of the leading characters stating that white people cannot be trusted. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the audience’s response to this objectively racist message has been resoundingly negative.
Without presenting a full synopsis of the film, ‘Leave the World Behind’ finds the viewer following a married couple portrayed by Ethan Hawke and Julia Roberts, thrown together with a father and daughter played by Mahershala Ali and Myha’a Herrold in an unfolding apocalyptic setting. The unsettling dialog comes from Herrold’s character as the dust settles and the characters come to grips with the disaster.
As the father and daughter portrayed by Ali and Herrold huddle together to sleep the daughter tells her father,
“If the world falls apart, trust should not be doled out easily to anyone.” She then adds in a chilling moment of raw racism, “Especially white people.”
Netflix's "Leave the World Behind" cyber apocalypse movie warns about "white people" if "the world falls apart."
Barack and Michelle Obama are producers on the film. pic.twitter.com/HRV7oO96sa
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 11, 2023
In a post to X, End Wokeness summarized, the film and questioned if it is “predictive programming,” meant to subconsciously prepare Americans for future events. They wrote, “Barack & Michelle Obama just produced their first fiction film on Netflix called: “Leave The World Behind” The plot is about a cyberattack that shuts down all the power & cripples the United States. (Predictive programming?) They even managed to sneak in a scene bashing white people”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Space X, owner of X and multi-billionaire, offered an astonished reply, “Is this for real?”
Is this for real?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 12, 2023
Chaya Raichik’s Libs of TikTok offered the opinion, “Netflix film called “Leave The World Behind” produced by the Obamas includes a scene demonizing white people. 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.”
Attorney and commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek in a post similar to End Wokeness, wrote, “‘Leave The World Behind’ is a new Netflix special produced by the Obamas about cyber attacks and a “global communications breakdown”. Watch this, then watch the video the WEF posted a few years ago warning about a future ‘cyber pandemic’ and tell me we’re not being programmed.”
‘Leave The World Behind’ is a new Netflix special produced by the Obamas about cyber attacks and a “global communications breakdown”.
Watch this, then watch the video the WEF posted a few years ago warning about a future ‘cyber pandemic’ and tell me we’re not being programmed. pic.twitter.com/V8rKE8HFST
— Eva Vlaardingerbroek (@EvaVlaar) December 11, 2023
Jennifer Lynn Lawrence, CEO of America Mission, shared a video of Roberts appearing on Jimmy Fallon Tonight in which the actress states that the book inspiring the film “was on President Obama’s reading list.” She added that “he and Sam collaborated with the notes in the beginning and the notes when we were done filming, in the post-production…”
— Jennifer Lynn Lawrence (@JenLawrence21) December 10, 2023
The implication is that the former President would not only have been aware of the overtly racist messaging but potentially had a direct hand in it from conception to final execution.
Audiences have since responded very negatively to the film overall with it garnering a 38% Audience score with over 2,500 ratings as of December 12th compared to a 75% score from mainstream media film critics. Online criticism of its racist messaging has resounded throughout social media, following several conservative commentators’ objections.