Two CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo are being criticised on social media for their alleged racist remark against Indian-American Ananya Vinay who won this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. After winning the competition she was invited to the show. The anchors there asked her to spell the word, ‘COVFEFE’. This is the same word that President Donald Trump used in one his tweets recently which kept people guessing as what he actually meant by writing this word
Ananya asked the definition of the word the way it’s done in the spelling bee competition, to which the anchors responded “gibberish.” She finally spelt it as ‘cofefe’. Then, Camerota told Vinay the correct spelling was ‘covfefe’ and said, “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.”
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
Here’s how Twitter reacted to it:
— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) June 4, 2017
@CNN Are you proud of this racist exchange with a 12 year old? Who is the ignorant female working for you?
— G Star 7508 (@GStar7508) June 4, 2017
Guys don’t support insanity all the time! They were making fun of #covfefe with Ananya which was not needed! Tried to link it to sanskrit
— Praveen ______ (@pkshirali) June 4, 2017
What the actual hell did I just watch- pic.twitter.com/AcRUTkLZnk
— Ali A Olomi (@aaolomi) June 4, 2017
How cruel and sad. Something that should be a fun event & wonderful memory tarnished by an ignorant FOX babe.
— Half-Blind Trust (@rkfatheree) June 4, 2017
No wonder Trump is president. There is no racism in this clip. Mountains out of mole hills.
— Rogue Rover Run (@TerryMcCracken) June 4, 2017
They asked her to spell a nonsense word and then belittled her when she couldnt, even though shes probably a lot smarter than them.
— Kayla Isenbletter (@KaylaIsen1) June 4, 2017
@CNN this treatment of a young scholar is appalling. Your employees need to be severely reprimanded (fired imho), what they think is funny!
— Linda VT (@lvt2012) June 4, 2017
.@CNN please educate these two idiots on basic human decency & respect for others. This young lady deserves an apology – at minimum! _
— NYB (@demIN240) June 4, 2017
Everything was going well and then ….SANSKRIT?!! pic.twitter.com/ywjH8lP4l0
— As2roid Belt Tightnr (@Socr8es_Johnson) June 4, 2017
For past many years, it is an Indian who wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition and this year was no different when an Indian-American Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California was announced the winner and received a cash prize of $40, 000 after winning the competition that went on for 12 hours. The word that made her win the competition was ‘marocain’ a dress fabric made of silk or wool or both. The event took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington. After winning the competition, Ananya told ESPN, “It’s like a dream come true. I am so happy right now”.