Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki recently stood up for women around the world by standing up for herself against Muslim scholar Hani Al Seba’I, who got furious when a female host like Karaki dare interrupt him as he was showcasing his deep knowledge of left-wing political history, which was completely irrelevant to the topic at hand.
Karaki cut into his off-topic speech to get the discussion on the right track under the pressure of limited time on the show, like any good journalist would. With that, the (formerly?) respected scholar got hot-headed and started to call Karaki “arrogant”. Wanting to avoid wasting valuable time on verbal combat with an obviously hot-tempered man with an ego, Karaki tried to politely appease her guest, “Please don’t get all worked up. We respect you and know you want to give a complete answer.”
In this studio, I run the show.
However, such class had obviously failed to cool his hot head as the clever man proceeded to tell Karaki to “shut up” and let him speak. Reaching her threshold, Karaki shut the video conference off just as the scholar was just starting on how it was “beneath me to be interviewed by you”, going on with sexist rambles about her being a woman. Karaki blew off his spiteful remarks with a calm composure as she simply said, “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over” as she interrupted him for the last time in the middle of his atrociously sexist statement.
This could possibly be the best recent win for women in television. Karaki mentioned in her confrontation with the scholar that “In this studio, I run the show.” And she definitely did.