The Dalai Lama has drawn criticism for remarking that a female successor would need to be “very, very attractive.” During an interview with BBC’s Clive Myrie, the Tibetan Buddhist leader was asked if he thinks the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama could conceivably be female. He replied in the affirmative, and said that a female reporter in Paris had asked him the same question around fifteen years ago. “I told that reporter, ‘If female Dalai Lama come, the face should be very attractive … otherwise it is not much use.’” This is not the first time the Dalai Lama has shared what he seems to perceive as a hilarious anecdote; he related the same story in an interview with Larry King last year. Many critics were quick to label the spiritual leader as misogynist after his interview with Myrie, but we should keep in mind that the Dalai Lama has publicly proclaimed himself a feminist, and that he is known for having a very mischievous sense of humor. Perhaps, like every other elderly man in the world, the Dalai Lama always comes armed with a healthy arsenal of dad jokes. If you want to know His Holiness’ thoughts on flatulence, look no further.
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