Time magazine editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe, who conducts a weekly 10 Questions to various people in the news, sat down with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and questioned why she converted from Sikhism to Christianity. Later in the interview, Luscombe jokingly questioned whether she would give Sikh taxi drivers bigger tips.
“In New York City, which you’re visiting for a couple of days, a lot of our taxi drivers are Sikhs,” Luscombe observed. “If you get one, are you going to give them a slightly bigger tip?”
Haley nervously laughed, and shot down whether she would give special treatment to people of her former religion.
“I give the same tip to everyone,” Haley replied.
The Hill’s Christian Heinze slammed Luscombe for the racially-tinged humor. “Even if you get past the question itself, the context makes it even more insensitive, considering Haley had just explained why she was no longer a Sikh.”
Was Luscombe’s joke in poor taste? You be the judge.
Watch Luscombe’s question to Haley below:
(h/t The Hill)
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