Yesterday was International Women's Day, but it’s never a bad day to celebrate strong, confident, badass women. If you’re in need of your daily inspiration, watch Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki shut down a live Al-Jadeed interview when her guest says it’s beneath him to be interviewed by her.
Karaki invited Muslim scholar Hani Al Seba’i on to discuss Christians being recruited into ISIS, but when Al Seba’i “went off on a historical tangent,” Karaki tried to get the discussion back on track and unwittingly set Al Seba’i off.
“Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please,” he angrily rants. “I will not answer the way you like, because I’m here to serve the idea in which I believe.”
As it becomes clear the situation is quickly deteriorating, Karaki tries to save the interview by explaining, “Please don’t get all worked up. We respect you and know you want to give a complete answer. Unfortunately, we have limited time...”
She even gets word from a producer that they can have extra time for the segment so that Al Seba’i can answer as he chooses. But he’s already too far gone, scolding, “You think you are so high and mighty?!” And still, Karaki stays professional, warning, “Go on, but do not call me names...In this studio, I run the show.”
That’s when Al Seba’i cuts in, “Are you done? Shut up, so I can talk.”
To which Karaki asks, “How can a respected sheik like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?!” Al Seba’i promptly responds, “It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who...”
It’s not clear whether he thinks it’s beneath him to be interviewed by any woman, or just by Rima Karaki, because at that point, she cuts his feed and simply says, “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.”
Preach! Watch the entire confrontation and Karaki’s awesome response now:
She’s even been honored for her badassness by being turned into a meme:
A truly high honor on the Internet.
Now, watch Emma Watson’s stirring speech on gender equality at the U.N.: