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'You don't sound American', TV host tells Muslim blogger from Oklahoma

Hoda Katebi said: ‘I don’t think I would have gotten the same question if I was white.’
Hoda Katebi said: ‘I don’t think I would have gotten the same question if I was white.’ Photograph: Sutthaya

An Iranian American Muslim fashion blogger was told on a US television network “you don’t sound like an American” after she criticised US policy in the Middle East.

Hoda Katebi, 23, was invited onto Chicago’s WGN News morning show to speak about her book, Tehran Streetstyle, but was caught off guard when one of the presenters asked her about nuclear weapons.

The interview began with a brief discussion of Katebi’s childhood in Oklahoma, and her experiences wearing the hijab, or headscarf, in a conservative and predominantly white state.

But one of the presenters made a sharp turn to geopolitics, and asked: “Let’s talk about nuclear weapons. Some of our viewers may say we cannot trust Iran. What are your thoughts?”