Have you ever heard a guest tell a TV host to shut up? When this Lebanese reporter tried to keep her guest on topic, that’s what happened to her. She didn’t let him get away with it, though. Instead, she first spoke up for herself, asking for respect — and when she still didn’t get it, she demonstrated to him that she does indeed have the power to demand it.
Lebanese television host Rima Kiaraki was interviewing London-based Islamic scholar Hani Al-Seba’i on Al-Jadeed TV. However, as is usually the case for such spots, she had a limited amount of time. Al-Seba’i was discussing the process of Christians joining Islamic groups. The reporter appeared to have asked what slogans and methods Islamic groups are using to attract Christians to join them.
Al-Seba’i wanted to talk about the longer history of Christians converting to Islam, though, and he began to address this historical aspect of the question, veering away from the present-day and relevant portion. Kiaraki tried to get him back on track, asking him to stick to the present, and reiterating the question.
Instead, Al-Seba’i snapped at her, insisting that he would answer any way he pleased, that being interviewed by a woman was beneath him, and finally told the TV host to shut up.
This wasn’t in the cards, though. Even though Kiaraki had just informed her guest that the producers had agreed they could have a little extra time, she was done — and when the host is done, the segment is done. Watch this reporter stand up for herself in the video below.
Rima Kiaraki tried several times to keep the conversation both civil and relevant, and asked her guest not to be rude — but when she’d had enough, she showed it.
We’ve seen TV hosts shut down rude guests before, and we’ve seen guests blow their hosts away, but this one is more than a little epic, and it’s getting a lot of attention since being translated into English by Memri-TV and shared on YouTube this week. It’s not often that we get to see this kind of excellent response to a blatantly sexist declaration, and maybe television interviews would go a bit better overall if guests (and hosts, too) who are rude, interruptive, and insulting were just cut off.
Now that Rima Kiaraki’s response is spreading far and wide, it’s not likely any guest will tell this TV host to shut up again.