Egyptian Female Anchor Kicked Out the Girl From Live Program on Speaking Against Islam
A radical Islamic sheikh demands that his female host conduct an interview on his terms. She tells him that “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.” He refuses, appears to imply that he can’t be talked over by a woman — and so she cuts him off.
That’s the scene that played out in a recent clip posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) in Washington D.C. It has attracted a lot of attention for debunking the stereotype of the subservient Middle Eastern woman.
Here’s the video showing the exchange between Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki and London-based radical Sunni sheikh Hani Al-Siba’i, which MEMRI says was originally recorded on a March 2 broadcast of Al-Jadid/New TV in Lebanon:
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“Please don’t get all worked up,” Karaki says after telling the guest to skip over some superfluous historical background. “We respect you and know you want to give a complete answer.”
Al-Siba’i responds: “Are you done? Shut up so I can talk.”
But Karaki doesn’t shut up. Instead, she asks him how a “respected sheik can speak to someone like that.” When he refuses to comply and arrogantly asserts that he is respected whether the “woman” Karaki likes it or not, the host cuts his feed.
Before you get too excited, it’s important to note MEMRI is a pro-Israel organization that SourceWatch describes as a propaganda outfit for Israeli intelligence agencies, and which Middle East scholar Juan Cole claims “is selective and biased against the Arab press, and that … highlights pieces that cast Arabs, especially committed Muslims, in a negative light.”
Some Redditors claiming to be fluent Arabic speakers contest MEMRI’s translation, such as whether Al-Siba’i explicitly used a gender-based putdown at the conclusion of the video or was simply being disrespectful. He may have been just as likely to talk over a male host.