Memorise and repeat: either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.
Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki just provided us with the best comeback to rudeness ever. Memorise and repeat, ladies: ‘Either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.’
This is what the university professor and broadcaster said to London-based Sheikh Hani Al-Siba’i’ during a tense interview on al-Jadeed TV about Christians joining Islamic State.
The video of the fiery exchange has now racked up 4.8 million views on YouTube. During the interview, Rima tries to ask the extreme Islamist scholar a question, to which he interjects: ‘Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please,’ adding: ‘I will not answer the way you like, because I’m here to to serve the idea in which I believe.’
Kiraki explains that there was limited time and said: ‘Please don’t get all worked up. We respect you and know you want to give a complete answer.’
Siba’i says: ‘You think you are so high and mighty?’ To which Kiraki replies: ‘Go on. But do not call me names.’
She adds: ‘If we start discussing history, we won’t have enough time for our topic.’
He responds by saying: ‘Are you done? Shut up so I can talk.’
This proves to be the final straw for the TV host. She says: ‘How can a respected sheikh like yourself tell a TV host to shut up?’
Siba’i then says: ‘It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you. You are a woman who ….’ His microphone is then cut off.
Karaki aprubtly stops the interview after just three minutes, saying: ‘Just one second. Either there is mutual respect or the conversation is over.’
Words to live by, wouldn’t you say?