Neebz Khan: “Gen Z Has Audacity (And I Mean That in a Good Way)”

Khan is known for his social media presence on Instagram and TikTok, as well as his podcast “Salaam Nerds,” which recaps popular TV and reality shows through the lens of many different cultures and perspectives to achieve a greater understanding of the world.

Neebz Khan: “Gen Z Has Audacity (And I Mean That in a Good Way)”
Known primarily by his handle @watchwithneebz, Neebz Khan has gone viral for his thoughtfully provocative takes on media and pop culture.

In a recent interview on the podcast “American Muslim Project,” the content creator Neebz Khan (aka @watchwithneebz) discussed Muslim representation in the media and the ongoing struggle for justice in the face of bias and discrimination. Khan is known for his social media presence on Instagram and TikTok, as well as his podcast “Salaam Nerds,” which recaps popular TV and reality shows through the lens of many different cultures and perspectives to achieve a greater understanding of the world.

While Khan is known for his content creation, he recently was dealt a significant blow to his platform — the sudden ban of his TikTok account. With no prior warning or indication of how his content violated guidelines, Khan found himself removed from TikTok. His content, which primarily focused on harmless reactions to pop culture, had a substantial following prior to the banning. Khan says his videos especially gains traction when discussing topics like diversity in media and highlighting the representation of Muslim characters, such as Ms. Marvel.

However, Khan’s journey on TikTok took a sharp turn when he began addressing the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Khan used his platform to shed light on media biases and misinformation surrounding the issue. One of Khan’s last videos on his now-defunct TikTok was from a pro-Palestine protest that he attended and filmed, proving that the protest was not promoting anti-Semitism or other hate speech despite unfounded accusations otherwise. He believes that a coordinated effort from anti-Palestinian accounts was ultimately what caused his TikTok ban.

Despite facing backlash and coordinated efforts to silence him, Neebz remained steadfast in his commitment to raising awareness and advocating for truth.

The interview with Khan also covered the broader implications of social media and its impact on representation. Khan highlighted the power of platforms like TikTok in providing unfiltered access to real-time events, enabling users to witness firsthand the atrocities and injustices occurring worldwide. He emphasized the crucial role of social media in challenging traditional narratives and amplifying marginalized voices.

Despite the challenges and setbacks, Khan remains hopeful, particularly with the emergence of Gen Z. He lauded the fearlessness and activism of today's youth, who refuse to be constrained by societal norms and actively confront injustice. Khan says he sees Gen Z as a beacon of progress and change, unafraid to challenge existing power structures and demand accountability.

As the interview drew to a close, Khan emphasized the importance of community and solidarity in the fight for representation and justice. He encouraged individuals to use their platforms to uplift marginalized voices and challenge oppressive narratives. Through platforms like his podcast, “Salaam Nerds,” Khan continues to foster inclusivity and dialogue, bridging communities and advocating for meaningful change.

You can follow Khan on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and X (formerly Twitter). You can find his podcast “Salaam Nerds” on many major podcatchers.

Listen to the Khan’s full interview on “American Muslim Project” below or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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