Watch This Lebanese Anchorwoman Shut Down A Misogynistic Guest
Here's an important name to learn and remember: Rima Karaki.
She the anchorwoman on Lebanon's Al-Jadeed TV who abruptly halted an interview with a sheikh known for his extremist views, Hani Al-Seba'i, after he told her he didn't respect her and to "shut up."
By staying calm and succinct, Karaki expertly shuts him down.
Al-Seba'i was on the show to discuss Christians joining ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups. But when Karaki asked him a direct question about how groups like ISIS are attracting recruits from backgrounds of other faiths, Al-Seba'i goes off on a tangent about the history of Christian involvement in the Middle East.
"Dr Al-Seba'i, let's focus on the present," Karaki gently nudges him, knowing that the program was pressed for time.
"Listen, don't cut me off. I will answer as I please … What kind of behavior is this?" Dr Al-Seba'i asks.
Then, after Karaki reiterates that they're running out time, Al-Sebai yells, "You think you are so high and mighty?" to which she brilliantly responds, "In this studio, I run the show."
"It's beneath me to be interviewed by you, you are a woman who ..." he continues, before she cuts off his microphone.
With the last word, Karaki says, "Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over."
Karaki's strength is all the more inspirational and significant because Lebanon is still far from a land with equal rights for women. Misogyny is inexcusable, so we applaud her for standing up for herself and, really, every woman worldwide.
You can watch the entire interview below: