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‘Treat people with kindness’: Malala Yousafzai responds to the Jimmy Kimmel backlash over ‘harassing’ her

Malala Yousafzai arrives at the Oscars on Sunday  (AP)
Malala Yousafzai arrives at the Oscars on Sunday (AP)

Malala Yousafzai has broken her silence after Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel was slammed online for "harassing" her at the ceremony.

On Sunday, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, 25,appeared uncomfortable when the presenter approached her during a segment of the live show.

The 55-year-old asked the activist how she felt about the infamous Harry Styles and Chris Pine "spit-gate" drama.

“As the youngest Nobel prize winner in history, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?” he asked, to which she replied: “I only talk about peace.”

In the hours after the show, she took to Twitter and, sharing a video of the bizarre exchange, wrote: "Treat people with kindness."

Last night viewers took to Twitter to slam Kimmel for his “disgraceful” antics.

One wrote: “This was disgraceful behaviour for Kimmel. Why did he think that this Malala ‘joke’ was a good idea?”

Another said: “I love @jimmykimmel but his interaction with Malala was one of the worst and most painful things I’ve seen on TV in so many years.”

One fan commented: “Jimmy Kimmel is a national disgrace. This woman deserves better," while a fourth said: "Why is Kimmel targeting Malala. It’s harassment at this point.”

Yousafzai looked visibly uncomfortable during the bizarre segment (ABC)
Yousafzai looked visibly uncomfortable during the bizarre segment (ABC)

Yousafzai was a teenage education activist when in 2012 she was hunted down by the Taliban who stopped her school bus and shot her in the face.

Two years later the survivor won the Nobel Peace Prize.

She continues her activism, launching campaigns for the education of women and children in Pakistan.