Dalai Lama’s sexist comment on women
Dalai Lama has reiterated his desire that if a female succeeds him, she better be good looking. He turns 84 on July 6, and he’s apparently been thinking a lot about his successor ― especially their looks.
The Dalai Lama said that if he is succeeded by a woman, she should be attractive and beautiful. In a telling interview with BBC News, the Dalai Lama reiterated his statement that he is okay with a female successor but she must be “attractive”. The internet isn’t pleased with all. The Dalai Lama’s statement has been met with severe criticism online.
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Dalai Lama comment on women:
In 2015, in an interview with BBC, the Dalai Lama had commented that if a woman were to succeed him or become the female Dalai Lama, she would have to be attractive. By 2019, one would think that the Nobel Peace Prize winner would see the sexism in the statement and retract it. Yet, in a recent interview with BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan, the Lama chose to stand by what he had said.
“If a women Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive,” he said.
And he also emphasized that people who would not be willing to see a face that was not “attractive”. When Vaidyanathan highlighted the fact that his statements might be considered sexist by some, especially given the fact that he himself had championed inner confidence and tolerance at one point, he said that in Buddhist literature, both inner and outer beauty was important.
The Dalai Lama did agree to the statement but not before adding, “Yes, I think both. Real beauty is inner beauty. That is true. But we, human beings, [for us] appearance is also important.” His opinion about an ‘attractive female successor’ has gone viral now, with netizens responding with anger and disappointment.
Was his comment right in any sense?
In an interview with the BBC recently, the exiled Tibetian leader had said that any future female of me should be “attractive”. The mention and referring to the bodily appearance of a female successor was during a conversation with the Paris editor of Vogue magazine, who had invited His Holiness in 1992 to guest-edit the next edition.
She asked if a future Dalai Lama could be a female. His Holiness replied, “Certainly, if that would be more helpful,” adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive and beautiful. He was not less than partially responding to the unfamiliar ambiance of working with a team whose prime focus was the world of high fashion,” it added.
And he also said that he opposed the objectification of women and has supported women and their rights. “For all his long period of life, His Holiness has against the objectification of female. He has supported women and their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus in support of gender equality and respect for women.
Under his leadership and guidance, Tibetan nuns in exile have earned Geshe-ma degrees, indicating a high level of scholarship previously reserved only for male monks,” it said which give the birth to the movement to decrease the discrimination between males and females.
“At last, one more patriarch,” read a remark while another client named his reaction as “strange”.
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Solid words were utilized to portray the Dalai Lama’s conclusion as one client stated: “Well on the off chance that he said that a female successor will be appealing, at that point that is sexism.”
Dalai Lama deeply sorry for saying woman successor should be attractive says it was a joke
Just when this comment received criticism from across the globe. Dalai Lama office issued a statement seeking apology for the comment.
“However, it sometimes can happen with cuff remarks, which might be amusing or sarcastic in one cultural context, lose their humor in translation when brought into another. Dalai lama regrets any offense that may have been given.”