Dalai Lama Says a Female Successor Must Be ‘Very Attractive’

The figurehead of the Buddhist religion and Tibetan monks made a pretty sexist remark.

With the pontiff shaking hands and blessing babies in the nation’s capital, Americans are thinking more religiously, as well as people around the world. So, it’s suitable that not only is Pope Francis making news, but the Dalai Lama is too.

Regretfully, the figurehead of the Buddhist religion and Tibetan monks is making news for his borderline sexist remarks.

During an otherwise harmless interview with the BBC’s Clive Myrie, the 14th Dalai Lama, 80, was asked about the possibility of the reincarnation of a female Dalai Lama. His response was not quite as warm and fuzzy as you would expect coming from the spiritual leader.

Myrie asks whether the Dalai Lama’s 15th reincarnation could be a woman, he responds with an enthusiastic “Yes!” at the 4:50 mark in the video below. Good on him, right? Power to the people of equality, yes? His Holiness believes women should “biologically [have] more potential to show affection . . . and compassion.”

And then he went too far (in broken English, no less):

“If female Dalai Lama come, the face must be very very . . . should be very attractive” … “I mean if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive. Otherwise, not much use.”

So, this guy won a Nobel Peace Prize but now we see why he is not married. Can you imagine if she had to come home to that mouth?! Not. So. Peaceful.

[PHOTO CREDIT: AP/Gerald Herbert]