Today was International Women’s Day, and it came and went with the kinds of video and hashtag activism that usually define tribute days. Amongst all the shareables about glass ceilings, pay gaps, and leaning in, shone through one fantastic example of how real gender-based discrimination makes its way into the spotlight in societies that don’t demand equality.

London-based Islamist sheik Hani Al-Seba’i really didn’t know what he was getting into when he tried to play gender politics during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV anchor Rima Karaki.


More from the Telegraph:

Al-Seba’i was being asked about reports that some Christians are joining Islamic State fighters, when he went off on a tangent and started talking about the history of Christian involvement in the Middle East.

“Dr Al-Seba’i, let’s focus on the present,” Karaki suggested, adding that time for the discussion was limited.

“Listen, don’t cut me off. I will answer as I please … what kind of behaviour is this?” Dr Al-Seba’i asked.

When Karaki reiterated the time constraints, Al-Seba’i lost his temper and told her to: “Shut up, so I can talk.”

“It’s beneath me to be interviewed by you, you are a woman who …” he continued, before his microphone was cut off.

“Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over,” Karaki said, as she terminated the interview.

Twitter loved it:

Happy International Women’s Day, Rima, and thank you for showing us what it actually means to stick it to The Patriarchy©.