Even if you aren’t fully aware of who the Dalai Lama is, you’ll definitely have heard of him before. He’s a spiritual leader who is best known for advocating a policy of peace and non-violence, as well as promoting finding joy in the simpler aspects of life. Basically, he’s super chill, and he has a massive following of people all over the world. Oh… and apparently he is SUPER sexist!?
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Yep, that’s right. Just in case you felt that 2019 wasn’t, you know, “2019″ enough already (aka, awful), the Dalai Lama has now come out and said that if he is succeeded by a woman… she had better be an attractive woman. Oh boy.
Why? You may be wondering. Well, according to his reasoning, it’s because otherwise, people just won’t want to look at her face, he told the BBC’s South Asia correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan during a now infamous interview.
Understandably, people lost their freakin’ minds.
“If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive,” he bravely (or stupidly?) told BBC. This comment actually came up when he was questioned about similar comments he had made back in a 2015 interview, which is when he had said that if there was to be a female version of him, her face would have to be attractive. Great.
While he should have ideally apologized for making that sexist comment even back then, what he actually decided to do instead was scrunch up his face and say that people just would not like to see a “dead face” and felt that women should “spend money on makeup”… which is pretty freakin’ hilarious (and not to mention, insulting) coming from someone who doesn’t believe in material possessions. (Men – even the spiritual ones are against us, amiright?)
Here’s a bit of low-down on the whole successor situation. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the 14th Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of his predecessors, and believe them to be human manifestations of the Bodhisattva (aka, Buddha) of compassion, who actually chose to reincarnate in order to serve the people. Which you have to admit, is pretty cool.
And yes, while this particular Dalai Lama is okay with his future successor being a female (something that has never happened before, FYI) he feels that she would need to look a certain way or “…then people, I think, prefer not see … that face.”
Obviously, the Dalai Lama is pretty revered and is regarded as one of the holiest beings in the entire world. SO, taking that into account, hopefully, you can understand JUST how unnerving it actually is to hear him, of all people, a reincarnated Buddha, say such things. And not only once as a “mistake” or a “slip up”, but REPEATEDLY as something he truly believes with a massive amount of conviction. And while he maintains that “Real beauty is inner beauty,” (HURRAYYY!) he also feels that “appearance is also important.” (BOOOOO!).
Of course, there was much more to this recent, pretty historical interview. In fact, he made these controversial comments within the same interview where he said the current US President Donald Trump lacked “moral principle”, while also adding that he totally supported women’s rights and equal pay at the workplace… I know I know, it’s all VERY confusing. I wonder if that whole equal pay for women thing would also be determined by how these women look as well? HMMMMMMM.
Sure, I can kind of understand where he was coming from, as humans, we are more likely to take notice of a pretty face than a spiritual soul (trash? Yes. Upsetting? Yes. But also sadly true) but let’s be honest… the Dalai Lama is not exactly Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic himself, is he!?
Yet he seems to have absolutely no problem getting people to listen to him or follow his teachings. So why should it be that a woman needs such a specific appearance to do the same?
I think the biggest thing we can take from all this madness is that without a doubt, no matter who they are, what they do or what they believe in men are, in general, absolute trash. Ah well, maybe 2020 will be the year we don’t actually get disappointed by a man in the media… what do you think!?
And if you’d like to watch the controversial interview for yourself (I have to admit, it IS quite an interesting watch) then you can do so by watching the original video below! (WARNING: May cause anger and outrage).