Female Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki won widespread support after she stood her ground against an Islamist scholar’s sexist comments during a live program.
Karaki was conducting an interview with Islamist Hani Al-Seba’i for Lebanon’s Al Jadeed during the weekend of International Women’s Day. She was asking Seba’i about reports of Christians joining Islamic groups like ISIS when the scholar went off on a historical rant.
Karaki encouraged Al-Seba’i to return to the issue of the present day and asked a second question, but then the two began to argue. After Karaki interrupted the rant of Al-Seba’i, the scholar replied angrily.
“Listen, don’t cut me off,” Al-Seba’i said. “I will answer as I please.”
Al-Seba’i added that he would not answer the way Karaki would like because his purpose on the show was to share an idea he believed in. Though Karaki politely replied that he had limited time on the show, Al-Seba’i insisted that he would answer however he wanted.
Finally, Karaki replied that she runs the show and, after being told by Al-Seba’i to “shut up” and that it was beneath him to be interviewed by her, delivered the end to their conversation.
“How can a respectful Sheik like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?” Karaki said. “Either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.”
The camera then switched back to the news studio and left the Sheik in the dark.
Karaki later posted the video to Twitter, where she received widespread support. Many called Karaki a great role model for women.