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A female Lebanese TV host has won wide-spread support after standing her ground against an Islamist scholar following his sexist comments live on air.

Rima Karaki was conducting an interview with London-based Islamist Hani Al-Seba'i for Lebanon's Al Jadeed on the weekend of International Women’s Day, discussing reports of Christians joining Islamic groups such as ISIS in the Middle East when the scholar went off on a historical tangent.

In the footage, Karaki urges Sheik Al-Seba'i to get back to the issues being faced in the present day, and asks him another question, a request which sparks a heated argument.

'It was at its peak during the 1970s, with the leftist revolutionary movement,' he says.

'Back then, we saw leftist organisation like the Red Brigades in Italy, the Red Army in Germany, the Baader Meinhof Group ...'

Karaki tries to get Al-Seba'i back on topic, asking him to 'focus on the present'.

She asks: 'At present, what slogans are used to attract (Christians) to these groups?'

But Dr Al Seba’i becomes angry and abruptly replies: 'Listen, don't cut me off. I will answer as I please.'

He then raises his voice, adding: 'I will not answer the way you like, because I’m here to serve the idea in which I believe.'

Karaki politely explains that they have limited time on the show, but Al-Seba'i refuses to listen, telling the TV host he would not be interrupted and that he will answer as he pleases.

The host then lets the scholar know exactly who's in charge. 'In this studio, I run the show,' Karaki says.

It provokes an angry reaction from Al-Seba'i. 'Are you done?' he says. 'Shut up so I can talk.

'It's beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who...'

'If you are going to elaborate so much, we won’t have time for other questions.

'Now, it’s up to you. If we have time, you will answer all the questions,' she says.

Dr Al Seba'i replies: “You can decide as much as you like, but I will do whatever I want.'

With her palm facing the Sheikh, Karaki then delivers the ultimate end to the conversation.

'How can a respected Sheik like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?' she asks.

'Either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.'

The studio cameras then switch back to the studio leaving the Sheik in the dark. 


Karaki later posted a video of the conversation on her Twitter feed, which has gone viral and received widespread support. It has had 2.3million views on YouTube.

Ania Sowinski tweeted: 'The awesome and beautiful Rima Karaki. A great role model for young women #respect.'

Raji Abi Rached added: 'Good job on putting disrespectful people in their place #WomensDay.'


Love that fact the scholar has that title, but is still an ignorant savage who sees women as objects. I'm guessing scholarship gets handed to men in whatever collage or university he went to for free, while women there have to work five times as hard.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2015, 07:49:12 AM by Munch »

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I'm guessing scholarship gets handed to men in whatever collage or university he went to for free, while women there have to work five times as hard.
If women are even allowed to attend in the first place.

 

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