Twleve-year-old Ananya Vinay is this year’s winner of the American National Bee, taking home an impressive $40,000 cash prize- she follows in the footsteps of other American children of Indian descent who have taken home the prize every year since 2013. There have been studies trying to pin down why American children of South Asian descent do so well in competitions such as the spelling bee.
“Currently, South Asian ethnic groups constitute a diverse population representing a disproportionately high professional class doing very well in education. Having close-knit families is another factor behind the successive wins of Indian-origin children, according to NPR.“It’s stunning!” said Pawan Dhingra, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Program. Dhingra said Indian Americans are likely to devote their time more on competitions and academic achievements, along with the fact they live in a tight knit family domain helps in the child’s training as well as their success in various contests.”
Despite this, in an interview with CNN, Ananya was debased and was asked to spell the nation’s current “buzz word”: ‘Covfefe’ insinuating that the made up bungle of a word was of Sanskrit origin and that Ananya should know it because of her background.
As reported by ScoopWhoop.com:
Keeping up with the age-old tradition, yet another Indian has won the American National Bee.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet 12-year-old Ananya Vinay, the winner of 2017’s National Spelling Bee contest.
Ananya slogged through the 12-hour long competition and finally won it by correctly spelling the word ‘marocain’; a dress fabric made of silk or wool or both.
She took home a $40,000 cash prize and was invited to CNN.
Where she was asked to spell the toughest word ever!
Because hey, don’t claim to be a fan of words till you know this word.
The anchor also seemed to believe that just because Ananya was of an Indian origin, she’d only be ‘familiar with Sanskrit’.
Soon after the clip was posted by stand-up comic Jeremy McLellan, it evoked some sharp responses from Twitterati.
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
Even Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani came out in support of Ananya.
Sanskrit? No she’s used to using English, in which she can spell every word. https://t.co/Vr2lDZQhxg
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 4, 2017
Do you think that the comments from CNN anchors were insensitive, or do you think that the response to their racist comments has been overblown? Watch the interaction in the attached video and let us know your thoughts in the comments sections below.