Rima Karaki, a Lebanese TV host, proved that she had no patience for rudeness when her interview with Sheik Hani Al-Seba’i was cut very short.
During the interview, Al-Seba’i went off-topic with the history of Christians joining Islamic groups, and when Karaki tried to refocus the discussion on present-day happenings, he became argumentative and said, “I will answer as I please.” Karaki explained that they had a limited time for the interview and that she wanted to give him the chance to give a “complete answer,” but despite her best efforts to calm him down, Al-Seba’i got increasingly antagonistic, telling Karaki, “You can decide as much as you like, but I will do whatever I want.”
The breaking point happened, however, when Al-Seba’i tells Karaki to “shut up” and then suggests it is “beneath” him to be interviewed by a woman. Big mistake. She shuts that nonsense down:
“How can a respected sheik like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?! Enough, let’s wrap this up…Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.”
Karaki put up with a lot in this one interview, but if there is one thing she will not stand for, it is being disrespected on her own show.