A CNN host is accused of making what some are saying is a "racist" remark to 12-year-old Scripps Spelling Bee Champion Ananya Vinay who the host said likely misspelled a word on air because "it's root is not in Sanskrit, which is what you're probably used to using."
Hosts Alisyn Camerota, who made the comment, and Chris Cuomo jokingly asked her to spell 'covfefe,' what Ms Camerota called a "nonsense word."
Ananya, who is of Indian origin, was born and raised in Fresno, California and had just been named the 2017 champion the previous evening. An Indian-American child has won the competition every year since 2008, and Ananya is the 13th overall to do so.
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
Donald Trump had used the word in a now-deleted tweet that read "Despite the constant negative press covfefe", which stayed up on his account for nearly five hours overnight as social media mercilessly mocked him for the typo.
The next morning, Mr Trump cryptically tweeted "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe'??? Enjoy!"
Ms Camerota corrected Ananya's spelling of the word and then said "so, I don't know. Anyway" after her Sanskrit comment.
CNN has not responded to a request for comment on the matter. Ms Camerota has not responded to the several tweets lambasting her for what they feel is a "racist" comment.
The Atlanta-based news network has a pending class action lawsuit that alleges the network gives African-American employees lower performance ratings and pay inequality compared with other employees.
A first time champion among the nearly 11 million children who entered the competition this year, Ananya was called "unflappable" by ESPN commentators for her collected demeanour throughout the rounds of competition.
She won after a long back-and-forth challenge with runner-up Rohan Rajeev by spelling the word "marocain" correctly. She wins $40,000 which she said will go towards her university education.
This country and this whole world needs to cut it out with the "You're a Racist" B.S.
Nowadays you'll be called a racist if you call a black person black, or if you call an African American an African American. You'll be called a racist if you call a polar bear white, you'll be called a racist if you squint your eyes because the sun is in them. You'll be called a racist if you drive a white car instead of a black car.
ENOUGH OF THIS STUPID NONSENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!
8 hours ago
So, CNN uses a 12 year old girl as a prop to attack Trump. What does a twelve your old girl and a spelling bee have to do with CNN's nasty take on politics? Why did thy ask here to spell Covfefe? Then they make an ignorant remark about Sanskrit, which they for some reason think is this girls native language, which is very odd, since English is the primary language in India. Of Course the girl was from California, not India. So, the CNN hosts managed to get three layers deep in stupid. 1. Involve an innocent child in their anti-trump vitriol, 2. Totally misunderstand the history of India, and 3. Make racist assumptions. Wow. Three layers of stupid in less than 1 minute.
8 hours ago
This is just hilarious 😂. Pathetic liberal social justice warriors.