Lebanon is hardly the epicenter for women’s rights, even in the Muslim world, but when Lebanese talk show host Rima Karaki interviewed a Muslim man, she showed him that not all Muslim women bow to the whims of men.
The interview was with London’s Hani Al-Seba’i. Karaki was asking about Christians joining groups like ISIS and Al-Seba’i refused to stay on topic. She tried to take control back of the interview and Hani tried to cut Karaki off by becoming exceptionally sexist.
Before the quote, a little background on Al-Seba’i: he spent 15 years in prison for being part of a group that the UN considers to be an al Qaeda affiliate. This is a quote from him right after the death of Osama bin Laden:
Let me tell you: I love Sheikh Osama bin Laden as a Muslim. I am not glorifying or extolling anything. I am simply telling it as it is – Sheikh Osama is loved by millions of Muslims. Sheikh Osama is a hymn in the hearts of the downtrodden – from Jakarta to the Hindu Kush Mountains, to the villages and rural areas of Egypt… Ask those downtrodden and poor people, and they will tell you that they are grieving for Sheikh Osama bin Laden.
Sheikh Osama bin Laden fought occupation forces. He never killed civilians, and he never said he did. On the contrary, he extended his hand in peace to Europe and the West, and they were the ones who rejected it.
Source: Daily Dot
Here’s what he said in the interview with Karaki:
“Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please,” Hani said. “I will not answer the way you like, because I’m here to serve the idea in which I believe.”
“In this studio, I run the show,” Karaki hits back.
“Shut up, so I can talk. I am talking so that people can understand…”
This is where Karaki questions him on how a “respected sheik like yourself can tell a TV show host to shut up?”
“It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you,” Hani retorted. “You are a woman.”
At that point, she cut him off.
Here’s the video:
If only American mainstream media had someone like Karaki.
H/T: Daily Dot | Image via YouTube screen capture