VIDEO: Egyptian TV journalist refuses to cover her head during interview with Islamic cleric

In a broadcast aired earlier this May, a well-known Egyptian TV journalist refused to fold to the demands of an Islamic cleric and cover her head during an interview.

In a broadcast aired early this May, a well-known Egyptian TV journalist refused to fold to the demands of an Islamic cleric and cover her head during an interview.

The argument between the two began off-air when cleric Yousef Badri insisted that TV presenter Riham Said wear her hijab during the interview — despite having no problems with her uncovered head when the cameras weren’t rolling. The dispute carried over to the live interview during which Said accuses Badri, who is known for his fundamentalist views, of religious double standards and corruption.

The argument culminates with Said ripping off her hijab, declaring, “I’m not going to put it on. I’ll wear it for God but not for you.”

Although the broadcast took place in early May, it’s only now starting to receive international attention due to thousands of social media shares.

Watch the full clip below.

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  1. Stephen Sywak

    September 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Why can’t OUR reporters have such…chutzpah?!?

  2. Imran

    September 16, 2013 at 12:39 am

    The journalist who refused to wear a hijab runs on Duracell batteries..

    She got s big mouth on her and just keeps shouting.

    God help the man she ends up with.

    Just pray he is dead cos he will be listening to that screaming non stop.

  3. Imran

    September 16, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I mean deaf

  4. Amy

    September 16, 2013 at 3:09 am

    You’re an ass. Why should men be allowed to say whatever they want, but women have to remain silent and wear a hijab? She is beautiful and should be able to show that beauty to whomever she wants, not cover it up with a piece of cloth.

  5. Marc Hutton

    September 16, 2013 at 3:14 am

    “god” (that nonexistent sky fairy you “believe” in ) help the unfortunate member of the female sex who is stupid enough,or is coerced, to procreate or has procreated with you. Your “god” wouldn’t be able to help you if your barbaric flea bitten uneducated ass came anywhere near my 12 year old daughter. It is bad enough that I feel the need to say this but everyone alread knows that the uneducated illeterate flea bitten desert tent dwelling pedophile you call a prophet had a thing for 12 year old girls and thus you Islamic assholes insist on following everything that sun crazed bastard did. Take your 7th century mores and shove them up your ass. If you are having difficulty with that just let me know because I am more than willing to help you with that.

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  7. Nikkiru

    September 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Yeah, Imran. Gawd forbid that a mere woman ever try to get a word in edgwise when a misogynistic asshole wants to interrupt her.

  8. ottawaedge

    September 16, 2013 at 3:31 am

    i would have been interested to hear his justification of taking money for the interview, and what made him different from the likes of charlatans and televangelists. Hardly seems like the spiritual thing to do.

  9. Simon

    September 16, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Piss off Imran, as a middle eastern person myself it’s people that you that make us look like shit, not her, so please f*ck off.

  10. Simon

    September 16, 2013 at 3:36 am


  11. Doug Sawyer

    September 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

    sounds like you don’t like women

  12. Nick

    September 16, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Sorry that in your ignorant monkey brain, you think your ‘god’ tells you to be a misogynist. Go back to acting like the savage you are, and get off the internet, you fool.

  13. Jinan

    September 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    He was the one trying to control her, she was just standing up for what she believes in. He was yelling just as much as her, it is very ignorant of you to judge her.

  14. redsoxfandaveDave

    September 16, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Women who speak their mind and stand up for their beliefs. Scares you to death, doesn’t it, Imran? God help the woman who ends up with YOU.

  15. Satori

    September 16, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Why, hello misogynist!

    Try watching the video again and pay attention to how rude the cleric is. It seems the video has been tainted by your own preconceptions. You see when I watched it, all I saw was a angry cleric who refused to discuss he religions abuses, a cleric who lied, and a cleric who seeks money and power. I saw a vile man in the cleric. I saw religion in him.

  16. C C

    September 16, 2013 at 4:24 am

    The man she ends up with will probably LOVE that she has the courage and independence not to let some narrow minded cleric and hipocryte tell her what to do. Good for her! Glad to see women all over the world standng up for what they believe. And she was right, she should do it for HER God, not for some old man with an ugly hat who takes money for an interview. He is as just as bad as a catholic priest. All full of BS.

  17. Jana TheVegan Piranha

    September 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Good for her, the world has had enough of clerical bullying of women.

  18. minkiemom

    September 16, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Oh really, Imran? And what was that man doing? He was shouting at her in the same manner. I guess it is ok for men to do but not for women? Good for her for walking off! He was completely disrespectful to her. He wasn’t even talking to her toward the end as if she was unimportant to the interview. Total sexist fundamentalism and she was too smart to continue to be part of it.

  19. Suhail

    September 16, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Wow that is all you could think of Imran, and not “thieving cleric using his position to peddle religion or bully women” or “why does the cleric take the money if he was going to shout all the time and sue the channel and then deny taking the money”. I don’t know I could of 5 other things but the journalist’s voice or her refusal to wear Hijab was for sure not among them. Brave journalist and journalist with more balls then all you hypocrite men combined, yes they crossed my mind as well. But her voice was not one of them.

  20. Nathan

    September 16, 2013 at 5:18 am

    He’s like all religious people. He was paid to come on the channel. Before the cameras were rolling, he had NO problem at all with her not wearing the hijab. When the cameras started rolling, that is when he had to pander to other religious men. She has a right to stand up for herself. I sure hope you’re not with a woman and if you are, I hope she gets out of your control before you kill her.

  21. Flora

    September 16, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Who says she will end up with a man? Maybe she will be with a woman, or no one. and she was doing a great job as a journalist. The old man was a fucking child and dick.

  22. Pathetic journalist wants $$$$

    September 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I know, any man that marries that deserves what he gets!

  23. Tyler

    September 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

    And the MAN who was yelling and threatening to sue the whole time? You’re a mysoginist.

  24. Thargnar

    September 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Imran, I’ve found you the perfect woman, they sell them at realdoll.com, I’m sure you two will be blissfully happy together. The rest of us just have to put up with fellow human beings with their own views and opinions that we aren’t allowed to legally silence, at least in the civilized world.

  25. Yusuke

    September 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

    It’s better if you just don’t say anything. It’s the only thing keeping you from looking like a total ass.

  26. Matsuzuka

    September 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Check out the reporter who refused to do a lead story about Paris Hilton.

  27. kizze

    September 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Imran, G-d help your wife (if you somehow manage to buy one, unhappy slave) that she must listen to your sexist nonsense all day. The fact that you can’t hear the wise and insightful words that come from a mouth that G-d made simply because that mouth is on a woman is an offense to the Creator. Please examine yourself and repent for offending your Maker.

  28. kimberly Call

    September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    maybe she’ll find a man who values her opinion and talents (unlike you) and she won’t have to shout. come out of the dark ages and quit being a sexist-moron. And yes, I have already found a man who values me for who I am not just a reflection of his male dominated bullshit. (unlike you)

  29. howard

    September 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    @ Imran..that is most stupidest comment I’ve ever heard….Pity the woman who ends up with YOU…

  30. liz

    September 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    And what if she doesn’t marry…or isn’t heterosexual? Imran, YOU are the problem, your beliefs are the problem, you make Islam and men look bad with your antiquated mysogeny-filled paradigm. Get off the internet, you’re making it filthy.

  31. joe

    September 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    What horse hockey. Your religious stupidity is showing.

  32. Sarah Morison

    September 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Imran, your misogyny is showing. Did you notice that the cleric has just as big a mouth and is also shouting? God help the women who have to deal with him — he can’t even look at a woman when she is speaking to him. Instead he speaks to some man offstage. It is no wonder that so many Egyptian women (as well as men) are opposed to a theocracy.

  33. Christine Flowers

    September 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I ADOOOORE her!!!! i so wish more people, especially women would stand up for their rights like her.

  34. AssafMamM

    September 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Good girl! Stand your ground!

  35. selinaalethia

    September 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Imran, shut your misogynist mouth. I cant imagine any women wanting anything to do with you unless she was forced.

  36. kannonbowl

    September 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    It would be good to see reporters more concerned with the truth,then ratings

  37. Jesus Raptor

    September 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    holy shit…. you are a douchebag

  38. Marge

    September 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I wonder – if they paid him 2,000 – would he liked her without the hijab? Obviously 1000 wasn’t enough… everybody has a price, even an old soft dick like that.

  39. Gorka

    September 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    that’s why you are still leaving in middle ages. what a shame of person you are. I understand now why islamic countries do what they do with their citizens

  40. Randy L Hill

    September 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    She is in the complete Right.

  41. gabriel subnerdo

    September 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    she’s pretty freaking hot!!

  42. A. Feist

    September 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Well done to the interviewer. What horrible, pompous little man. Pimping out his backward views to the highest (and probably only) bidder.

  43. Nicole

    September 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    She’s awesome. More power to her.

  44. Mongoose11

    September 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Yes, heaven forbid a woman stands up for herself and voices her opinion. Poor trolling, btw. 2/10. Would not bang.

  45. kelly

    September 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    you’re an idiot

  46. Bren Mbnaacp

    September 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I am so glad to see that. Serves him right. Reminds me of the GOP here in America and their “War on Women”

  47. foy tootle

    September 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    You are a fool. She was attacking a man who bastardizes the Word of God for his own ends. A man advocating violence in the name of religion. A false prophet. This young woman is brave and bright and truly righteous is the eyes of any God.

  48. Pete C

    September 17, 2013 at 1:29 am

    She’s a cool lady. Unfortunately the cleric ended up threatening to close down the TV station, which just shows he want’s to bully people, even non believers with threats if they don’t knuckle under to his “truths”. This is what makes me so upset with people who tout their religion is their ‘holier than thou” attitude and sometimes violent actions if you criticize them, whilst they have zero tolerance no regards for other peoples free beliefs. He was totally intolerant, a hypocrite as well and she just brought it out so the world could see. Here in USA we have more than our share of the same hypocrites using religion, Pat Robertson, Ken Hovind, Glen Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin to name a few….

  49. Orbistertius

    September 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Very disrespectful tv person who was deliberately rude to an old cleric just to make a good show for her viewers. She was deliberately provocative and antagonistic, asked not one single substantive question, and behaved like a spoiled child. I doubt she ever had the slightest intention of conducting a serious interview. What a sad spectacle.

  50. Matt

    September 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Yeah, he’ll have to.

  51. Oliver

    September 17, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I’m strangely attracted to this women’s courage…

  52. Ross Archer

    September 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Hehe, sounds like your mouth is at *least* as big. With far less to say.

  53. Yan

    September 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    There is no “god” you fucking IDIOT!!!!
    And you stupid piece of shit have to pay respect to women like this who are much smarter than you…

  54. Erland

    September 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    You certainly have an angled view on who did what in that interview. Maybe you didn´t watch it, because as I saw it, she raised her voice as Mr. Badri didnt answer any of her questions or stop repeating himself in an infinite loop. She gives of the signs of frustration not agression.

  55. Kim Sofo

    September 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Well said.

  56. Kim

    September 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    She was brilliant. Calling him on his own hypocrisy, refusing to wear the hijab at his demand not her decision. What an admirable woman. As for rude, he didnt look at her, he addressed all his remarks elsewhere. I consider that to be rude.

  57. Heidi

    September 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    You are what’s wrong with the world. You see it as the woman’s fault, when the old man wanted money to speak and acted as if he had no problem with her before the interview. You are obviously a misogynist jackass who needs to go back in your cave and leave the real world to the grown ups….

  58. sherri

    September 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Well said!!!

  59. Robin Louise Dunlap Sessler

    September 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    If god had wanted her to wear a hijab, she would have been born with one

  60. Kamrha

    September 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Oh, shut up, Imran.

  61. Kamrha

    September 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Still stupid, Imran.

  62. Wonko The Sane

    September 18, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I am truly sorry that after 9/11 the world didn’t finally decide that we have all had enough of this.

  63. chris

    September 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Bravo Marc Hutton. I’d like to shake your hand!

  64. ChezWhitey

    October 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    They’re cowards, that’s why.

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