Dalai Lama: If my successor is woman, she has to be attractive. Internet is furious

Dalai Lama: If my successor is woman, she has to be attractive. Internet is furious

The Dalai Lama said that if he is succeeded by a woman, she should be attractive. His opinion has been met with severe outrage online.

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 at all. The Dalai Lama’s statement has been met with severe criticism online.

“That also possible,” the Dalai Lama told BBC News, asked whether he still is in favour of his 2015 statement of an “attractive female successor”. Yes, he is, for the record, as the Dalai Lama repeated in his interview with BBC News: “If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive.” The interviewer then told Dalai Lama that his comment could be misconstrued as “objectifying women and it’s about who you are inside.”

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.

“In the end, yet another patriarch,” read a comment while another user termed his response as “weird”. Strong words were used to describe the Dalai Lama’s opinion as one user said: “Well if he said that a female successor will be attractive then that’s sexism.”

Twitter is flooded with sarcastic remarks and severe outrage. Sample these comments:

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