In less than a month from today, Spotify will be airing daily episodes of a podcast produced by the Obamas Higher Ground Productions, one that aims to represent renowned Muslim voices from around the world with a platform to be heard by the rest of the world.
The show which will be hosted by first-generation Pakistani-American Misha Euceph will be called Tell Them I Am, and will start conversations with "activists, artists, performers, athletes, and actors" from the Muslim faith.
Airing on Ramadan's weekdays, the fact that the show is produced by the Obamas has prompted many questions over the reasons that inspired the show, especially that the former US president Barack Obama has always faced questions over his faith, being born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother.
Marjorie Taylor Greene believes President Obama is a Muslim:— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) February 1, 2021
"Yes, I do believe he is a Muslim. And, yes, Valerie Jarrett is too.”
"Obama opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims." pic.twitter.com/ucoJdMdKxY
Throughout his election campaign in 2008, competitors had suggested that Obama was "secretly a Muslim," in efforts to destroy his hopes for the White House, particularly because of the several years he lived in Indonesia, a Muslim-majority country during his childhood.
#Obama ramped up the use of “kill lists” where he acted as judge and jury, a policy dubbed “Terror Tuesday.”— Mobashra (@mobbiemobes) February 25, 2021
He would watch a slide presentation of #Muslims & then turn his thumb down to authorise their assassination by Hellfire Missile.https://t.co/ZeYoKtfkok
This podcast is so disingenuous. Obama continues to dehumanize Muslims in his new memoir, in long passages about his drone war. A narrow desire to close GITMO is not inconsistent with this - as many proponents of closing GITMO care primarily about its PR damage to the US https://t.co/8vmFdUVQdj— Maryam Jamshidi (@MsJamshidi) March 17, 2021
However, the podcast's announcement has also triggered questions on the other political aisle, as some Muslim commentators argued that Obama's efforts to promote the Muslim voice in the US comes in a contrast with the policies he maintained towards Muslim-majority countries with US military control, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
Some online commentators highlighted that these countries were continuously bombed by the US forces throughout the 8 years Barack Obama was commander in chief, suggesting "hypocrisy" on Obama's part.
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