It goes from slightly silly to truly rude.
Barack Obama will finish his second term as President of the United States a week from Friday and Spotify has offered him a job.
The company’s CEO Daniel Ek has created a listing for President of Playlists, a sweet gesture based on a quip President Obama recently made about waiting for them to carve out a role for him there: “I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify… I know y’all loved my playlists.”
Ek’s job-listing boasts a bit of woke responsibilities – “Celebrate our diversity of playlists, from Viva Latino (3.4 million followers) to Rap Caviar (5.3 million followers)” – and describes a candidate with rare qualifications – “Have at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation.”
But then there’s also: “Familiar with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level. Anything from an eclectic summer playlist, to a celebratory, “I just found my birth certificate” playlist.” [Emphasis ours.]
Making a joke about Donald Trump’s unrelenting birtherism is unfunny and unbelievably tone deaf. It isn’t even just that it’s a joke about one of the most public instances of racism that President Obama had to face as he served America, but that it was made by the person who will fill his seat after his term limit is up. Jeez.
Check out the full job listing below.
— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) January 9, 2017