Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Wednesday to talk about his arrest and his next invention.
For the uninitiated, Ahmed was arrested last week after his teachers thought that a homemade clock he had brought to school looked like a bomb. The photo of him wearing a NASA shirt with his hands cuffed behind his back quickly went viral, spawning the Twitter hashtag “#IStandwithAhmed,” drawing support from celebrities, his heroes at NASA, and even President Obama.
On The Nightly Show, Ahmed revealed that at one point his hands were cuffed so far up his back that he was almost doing “the Nae Nae backwards,” a yoga-worthy demonstration Wilmore said he wouldn’t be able to replicate if he tried.
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At Wilmore’s prodding — “be honest, keep it 100” — Ahmed admitted that it was “kind of cool” to get arrested, but only because he knew he was innocent and that the courts would have his back, a statement that led to a round of applause from the audience.
His next invention will not involve any elements of time-keeping. As he told Wilmore, he’s looking into building a “side hoverboard” — that is, unlike the current models which move from back to front, Ahmed is interested in creating one that is able to move from side to side. He might not have too much trouble — Ahmed told Wilmore that building the clock that got him arrested was “really simple” because he’s already “built more stuff that’s very complicated.”
Check out the full interview below.