CNN anchors grill Ananya Vinay winner of US national Spell Bee competition
CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo interviewed Ananya Vinay after she won the National Spell Bee competition. Photograph: (Others)
CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo have come under fire on social media after their apparent "racist" jibe at Indian-American national spelling champion Ananya Vinay who became the tenth Indian-American in a row to win the competition.
12-year-old Ananya Vinay who won the spelling competition just last week was being interviewed by CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo when towards the end of the interview, Camerota asked Ananya the spelling of the word 'covfefe' - the misspelt word recently used by President Donald Trump in one of his tweets that took the social media by storm.
Ananya was quick to ask the definition of 'covfefe' and its language of origin, to which the anchors responded "gibberish."
After trying to guess the word, Ananya asked if there were any alternate pronunciation for it. She finally spelled it 'cofefe'.
Camerota then told the 12-year-old sixth-grader the correct spelling was 'covfefe' and added, "it's a nonsense word. So, we're not sure that its root is actually in Sanskrit, which is what you're probably, uh, used to using, so, I don't know anyway."
Cuomo congratulated Ananya for doing a great job, saying, "You know what I love about this. Not only did you make yourself proud and your family, but do you know that there are kids all over the country, probably the world, who are going to look at you and say, "I want to put in that work. I want to be a champion. I want to spell like her."
CNN terrible chnnl mocked at Sanskrit whn interviewing Spell Bee Queen Ananya Vinay-- they dare not do it for Latin or Greek-- Racists:))RT— RVAIDYA (@rvaidya2000) June 5, 2017
Netizens, however, were quick to allege Camerota's "Sanskrit you are used to using" statement was a "racist" remark used against the 12-year-old.
12-year-old Ananya Vinay won the National Spelling Bee so naturally CNN had her on to spell "covfefe" and say some racist stuff to her. pic.twitter.com/Qirb8CpBV9— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) June 3, 2017
The 12-year-old takes home a $40,000 cash prize after winning the gruelling US Scripps National Spelling Bee (WION)