This Lebanese TV Anchor Shuts Down Sexist Guest

by
Jessica Renae Buxbaum
A Lebanese TV anchor cuts off her guest's feed after his sexist remark.

Many women in media face significant misogynistic pressures and sexist standards specifically related to their intelligence and appearance, but this Lebanese TV anchor crushed the status quo when she shut off a guest for his sexist remark on her show.

TV host Rima Karaki told the her guest, Hani Al-Siba’i,a radical Islamist scholar, “In this studio, I run the show,” after he demanded her to conduct the interview his way.

The show aired on Al Jadeed TV on March 2 and was picked up by Middle East Media Research Institute that released the clip and has since gone viral.

When Karaki tries to shift Siba’i’s answer from giving a full historical background to something a little more direct, he responds,“Are you done? Shut up so I can talk."

Karaki doesn’t let him get the last word in and asks how  can a respected sheikh tell a TV host to shut up.

He responds, “It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who…” His microphone is then cut off.

Karaki perfectly encapsulates how boss she truly is when she says, “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.”

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