Dalai Lama: If A Female Dalai Lama Comes, She "Must Be Very Attractive"

The Dalai Lama identifies as a feminist — "someone who fights for women's rights" — but he seemed to contradict this in an interview with the BBC on Monday.

At the 5:00 mark in the video, journalist Clive Myrie asks him if the next Dalai Lama could be a woman.

“Yes!” he replies. “The female biologically [has] more potential to show affection ... and compassion.”

The Dalai Lama says that, in fact, a reporter in Paris about 15 years ago had asked him the same question and he responded, "Why not?"

He continues: “Today in a more troubled world, I think females should take more important roles, and then I told that reporter, if a female Dalai Lama comes, their face should be very attractive.”

Wait ... what?

“So you can only have a female Dalai Lama if they’re attractive? Is that what you’re saying?” asks Myrie, laughing uncomfortably.

“I mean if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use.”

“You’re joking, I’m assuming,” says Myrie. “Or you’re not joking?”

“No. True!”

Does that seem like a feminist to you?

See the entire interview for yourself below:

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