Islamist Cleric Brings The Sexism Against TV Host, Tells Her To Shut Up

If you’re thinking “hey, is saying “shut up” to a woman really sexism? Or is it just rude?”, it gets much, much better. I had the same thought when I read the UK Telegraph headline on the home page (which was slightly different from in article headline) (video at link)

A female television presenter brought an interview with an extremist cleric to an abrupt end after he told her to “shut up” and said that he did not respect her.

Rima Karaki, an anchor on Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV, was interviewing the London-based Islamist Hani Al-Seba’i when the argument started.

The discussion was on the possibility of some Christians joining ISIS, and, much like Obama, Al-Seba’i want off on a tangent, talking about the history of Christianity in the Middle East. Karaki informed him time was limited, and they should focus on the discussion at hand, when

“Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please … what kind of behaviour is this?” Dr Al-Seba’i asked.

When Karaki reiterated the time constraints, Al-Seba’i lost his temper and told her to: “Shut up, so I can talk.”

Nothing unusual there, right?

“It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you, you are a woman who …” he continued, before his microphone was cut off.

To which she responded

“Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over,” Karaki said, as she terminated the interview.

Good for her! Of course, as one commenter at the Telegraph points out

“It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you, you are a woman who ..wears a scarf. You don’t respect yourself, why should I respect you ?”… Do you guys realise her scarfs litteraly means she is beneath him ?

Interesting point. It should also be noted that Al-Seba’i is an Egyptian who was give asylum in Britain, yet another extremist allowed to reside in the UK and practice his extremist view of Islam without consequence. One also has to wonder where the feminists are. They blew a gasket over a nerd, who landed a module on a comet, wearing a really ugly shirt, bringing him to tears and forcing an apology, that you know was not accepted.

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