In a video interview, conducted by Rajini Vaidyanathan for BBC News, and published on the channel Twitter page on Thursday, the current exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, upset a few of his followers.
In the interview, Vaidyanathan asked the Dalai Lama about his once commenting that he would be open to a female succeeding him. However, what he went on to say is what really got a few peoples hackles up. It seems that the Dalai Lama, at one point, stated that if a woman were to succeed him, that she needed to be attractive, or else there really wasn't much use.
When asked if he could understand why the comment about the female's attractiveness might have been upsetting to a lot of women, he explained that: "If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive. If not people, I think to prefer, not see her, that face."
Vaidyanathan then posed the question of it was more essential and primarily about who you are in the inside—isn't it? The Dalai agreed, adding that he felt real beauty is inner beauty. But the nature of human beings is that the outer appearance is just as important.
The spiritual leader also went on to say that most people, as a rule, would prefer to look upon an attractive face, rather than a “dead face” and that most women in the public eye are expected and should wear makeup.
It was because of these statements that individuals have become upset with the Dalai, and have taken issue with his comments have gone so far as to call the spiritual leader "canceled." One Twitter follower even stated: "Having to cancel the Dalai Lama is about as 2019 as it gets."
However, for the most part, others just expressed their feelings of disappointment. With comments such as "Remember a couple of hours ago when I said there as no-one left to disappoint you?" While others took the comments with a grain of salt, calling his remarks absurd while making jokes about them. The one comment that seemed to sum up the entire overall feeling of the comments was: “Yeah, she’s hot. But is she DALAI LAMA hot?” One comment actually that singer and songwriter Dolly Parton take over the religious title of Dalai.
The whole female Dalai Lama attractiveness issue was not the only remarks that the Dalai raised some eyebrows over this week. He also weighed in on the fact that European nations should take in those who are fleeing their homes, teach them skills, and send them back home.
What’s the verdict—you decide.
Could the Dalai Lama’s comments be seen as having a chauvinistic slant?