CNN host assumed an Indian-American spelling-bee champion could read Sanskrit
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 14:03
Really, @CNN this is what you say to the kid who won the English spelling bee?!
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, California, holds the trophy after being declared the victor of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vinay, whose opponent Rohan Rajeev is also an Indian-American, became the 13th consecutive Indian-origin victor of the event. She also read out of the fairy tale book she is writing.Still holding the trophy, the Golden State Warriors fan wished her team good luck in the ongoing National Basketball Association finals.
Ms Camerota corrected Ananya's spelling of the word and then said "so, I don't know".
But during the spelling bee, Jessie skipped a letter in her first word, "epistolary", an adjective that means "relating to the writing of letters".
After her victory, the youngster did the usual round of American talkshows, but unfortunately got racially typed during her appearance on CNN. The pair both placed in the top five at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Toward the end of the interview - and after several awkward seconds of asking the sixth-grader to spell "covfefe" - Camerota joked about the origin of the gibberish that President Donald Trump conjured on Twitter last week.
While Roy won the completion by correctly spelling the word "marocain" in the last round, like many she struggled with the freaky word "covfefe" that had cropped-up on one of Donald Trump's tweet. That is when Camerota dropped the unusual and unnecessary comments, according to Yahoo News.
"Part of speech?", she asks, to which Cuomo replied, "It could be a noun but may be used as a verb and insult". If she's guilty of anything it's recycling a joke. "To assign a bias to what was a fun and innocent segment celebrating Ananya Vinay's incredible accomplishment is frankly extremely cynical".
"Stop stalling! Do you know how to spell this word?", Cuomo pressed. While the host asking a Spelling Bee champion to spell a word originated by a typo was still bearable, the anchor making a remark about Ananya's familiarity of Sanskrit origin words was what angered the majority.
She won more than $40,000 in cash and prizes and her unflappable character has won her fans around the world.