When he told her to “Shut up so I can talk”, this woman knew she wasn’t taking any of this, not on her time, not on her watch.
When Lebanese TV show host Rima Karaki put London-based Islamic scholar Hani Al-Siba’i, it was to have him share his thoughts on the recent waves of Christians joining ISIS. The interview began in complete professionalism and objectivity, until Dr. Al-Siba’i began to settle into what would become a lengthy historical lecture on what he sees are the roots of the movement.
Ms. Karaki had to give the scholar a gentle reminder that they were on limited air time, and if he could please stick to more current events for his examples. Dr. Al-Siba’i began to give aggravated responses to her request, saying “Listen, don’t cut me off; I will answer the way I please.” He continued to scold her on air, saying that he would give his answers “because I’m here to serve the idea in which I believe.”
Ms Karaki tried to diffuse the tension by giving way to him and giving him more time to express himself, but Dr. Al-Siba’i continued reprimanding her, saying that he was promised that he would not be cut off in the interview.
Ms. Karaki stood her ground, and expressed that she wanted there to be a mutual respect for the two of them, and would not abide being called names. She also reminded him of the fact that if he continued to explain matters in such a lengthy manner, they would not have enough time for all the other pertinent questions with the limited time of the show.
“Are you done? Now shut up, so I can talk,” fired Dr. Al-Sibai.
It all went downhill from there. “It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. you are a woman who…”
With the sheikh’s last eyebrow-raising sexist words, Ms. Karaki closes his feed. “Either there is mutual respect, or this conversation is over.”
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