Watch This Fundamentalist Muslim Cleric Flip Out When an Egyptian TV Host Takes off Her Hijab During an Interview

Riham Said is the host of an Egyptian television show called “Sabaya el-Kheir” and she recently interviewed fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef el-Badri.

If this interview is real — and it’s hard to find much information on it at the moment — it’s just incredible. Not only did Said take off her hijab during the interview (shocking her guest) she asks him on air why he had no problem when she wasn’t wearing one before the interview. She also asks him why he accepted money to appear on the show if he wasn’t going to answer her questions.

One commenter on Reddit offers more background into what we’re watching. (You might want to take that with a grain of salt, too…)

(Thanks to Richard for the link!)

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  • Hat Stealer

    …And yet I still feel like they got more done than an interview in the States would have. Riam Said is not afraid to pursue a point, and the cleric guy is clearly willing to respond directly to her, and not mince words.

    • Artor

      How is demanding to change the subject or he’ll walk out the same as willing to respond to her? The cleric is clearly an ignorant bigot. Besides, I saw him checking her out when she took off the hijab. He should put out his eyes for being so sinful, amirite?

      • Hat Stealer

        Well, they didn’t get much done. I feel that many interviews in the States (by which I mean Fox News) have a tendancy for the people participating to talk past each other. This interview was direct and to the point, with each person responding to the other. When Said brought up something the cleric didn’t like, he didn’t blabber on about something completely unrelated, he just told her that he wasn’t going to answer that, and to change the subject. That alone speaks volumes. The video ended with a point having clearly been made by both sides.

  • LesterBallard

    I’d be laughing if I weren’t concerned for her safety.

  • Timmah

    Never trust men in funny hats.

  • railroad9

    Now see, that’s impressive. She took off the hijab, he’s exposed to the full force of her uncovered hair, and he completely avoids raping her. Surely, he is a juggernaut of Islam.

  • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

    Between him and Mubarak I’m having a real hard time figuring out the lesser of the two evils.

  • DougI

    What a coward and a bully. He’s like American preachers, he’ll happily take the money and once it’s in his pocket he’ll preach about how he’s morally superior. Fundies are all the same.

  • viaten

    I notice it occurred to him, but only after a while, that he should look away. She, at least, admits she to feeling like she’s playacting when wearing the scarf. A Muslim female might be punished for uncovering her head, even accidentally, but I doubt any male, Muslim or otherwise, was ever punished for looking.

    • LesterBallard

      Of course we aren’t punished; it’s the woman’s fault that I get horny. And it’s her fault that I get scared and mad about it.

  • http://twitter.com/acrasia27 Kerry_Bowers

    I, too, am concerned for her safety. But I think she is brave, saying what needs to be said.

    You’re a straight shooter, Ms. Egyptian Lady Journalist! Move to America, and stay alive! Here, you are allowed to have both a vagina AND a voice. Mostly. By this I mean a recent Gallup poll♀ shows that, in America, audacious females are at
    least 85% less likely to be shot in the head* by the Defenders of the Misogynistic
    Faith and/or their unwitting minions.¿

    ♀Not a real Gallup poll.

    *This excludes the possibility of being shot in other body parts, and being
    stabbed or bludgeoned anywhere on your personal person’s person.

    ¿Also, we have serial killers here. They don’t have to have a reason to kill you.

  • JohnH2

    Well if it is fake then someone took a lot of time in setting it up as seen by:

    http://en.arabstoday.net/20121228238107/reham-said-to-show-zefta-hospital-footage.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INld7BtPcw4

    and a wide host of other youtube videos in Arabic. It appears that she really is a TV host in Egypt. The cleric likewise appears real.

    • Pseudonym

      It looks like a real interview to me.

      However, the clip is from MEMRI. This means that the translation is likely to be inaccurate, and any reported context around the interview is likely to be misleading or outright false.

      • Pseudonym

        Oh, the spooky music is almost certainly added, too.

      • JohnH2

        You are likely right; while the interview is real and she really did take off the hijab and he really did get upset about that without knowing Arabic and viewing the rest of the interview I don’t think we can say that everything else in the interview is accurate. Even if we did see the whole interview we would still very much be seeing something that is her version of events, and not his.

        That said, the cleric approves of female circumcision, the killing of apostates, and the world conquest of Islam under a radical version of the 12th imam so the interview fits with what is readily available about both parties. If it isn’t the most charitable version towards the cleric that is something I can completely live with as it portrays him in a better light than his own statements elsewhere do.

      • lala

        I speak Arabic, the translation is quite accurate.

  • Tainda

    If that is a real interview, she is an amazing woman and they need more like her!

  • kaydenpat

    Brave woman, but I hope she isn’t thrown into jail because of her “blasphemy”.

  • http://twitter.com/dougphilips Doug Philips

    I would have liked to see what he would have done if she took off her shirt!

  • rowaby

    I don’t know where that lady keeps her cajones but she’s got ‘em. More power to her!

    • OneTrueKinsman

      Betty White says otherwise…

      • aoscott

        Hahahah that’s great!! So true!

  • CanadianNihilist

    better subs would have been nice. I feel that we only got cherry picked parts of the conversations from both sides.
    Maybe the subbers need to watch more anime to see how it’s done.

  • Randay

    I always take a look at the source of a video. In this case it is MEMRI which is an Israeli propaganda tool that regularly posts anti-Arab videos and articles. So though I agree with the woman, I also consider the hidden agenda of the source.


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