Spotify joined a list of companies that are taking part in the growing #IStandWithAhmed movement. Spotify created a special playlist dedicated to Ahmed Mohamed, 14, who was arrested for taking a homemade clock to school earlier this week.
Mohamed, who is Muslim, was arrested Monday for bringing a clock to his Texas high school, which police initially thought was a hoax bomb. Mohamed’s wrongful accusation sparked outreach and support from thousands of people across the country, including a number of high-profile tech companies. The hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #EngineersForAhmed have gone viral, amassing thousands of tweets and posts.
Spotfiy is the most recent addition to an increasing list of businesses that “stand with Ahmed,” and tweeted on Friday, “Sending you good vibes & upbeat jams, Ahmed! Here’s a playlist we made to help keep your head up #IStandWithAhmed.” The playlist, entitled “For Ahmed” consists of 29 uplifting and inspirational tunes. Some of the jams included on the playlist are “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and “Clocks” by Coldplay.
— Spotify (@Spotify) September 18, 2015
Mohamed’s story has captured the attention of many large companies. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg reached out to Mohamed and said he would like to meet him, Twitter expressed an interest in having Mohamed as an intern and Google invited him to the company’s annual science fair. President Barak Obama even invited the teen to the White House, and praised his love for science.
— Twitter (@twitter) September 16, 2015
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair...want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed
— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Mohamed will not be going back the school where he was arrested in Irving, Texas, and instead will transfer to another high school, his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed said, according to CNN. The teenager said that the wave of positive reaction online has helped turn a negative into a positive.
"I was scared at the moment, but now I feel really happy," said Mohamed on Thursday during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm getting all this support from all over the world. And the support isn't just for me but for everyone who has been through this. I wanted to have my teacher see that I want to be an engineer when I grow up, so I guess now I get millions of people watching me be an engineer.”