The Dalai Lama faces online backlash after 'misogynistic' female successor comments
The Dalai Lama has further cemented his beliefs that a female successor should be "attractive" explaining that people would not want to look at her face.
The religious leader made the controversial comments during a recent interview with the BBC at his home in northern India.
Foreign correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanatha, questioned him on divisive remarks he made back in 2015, where he claimed that a female successor would need to be "very, very attractive" - otherwise, she would be "not much use".
But the 83-year-old - who is the 14th man to take on the role as the Dalai Lama - did not apologise and instead, reiterated his previous views.
"If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive," he stated.
The 83-year-old then screwed up his mouth and added, "People would prefer not to see that face."
This was perhaps the most surprising moment in the interview. I asked the Dalai Lama if he stood by his earlier comment that if his successor was female, she should be attractive.— Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) 27 June 2019
He said he did. Watch here:#DalaiLama#BBCDalaiLama. pic.twitter.com/QAy0EFDZTT
If that wasn't enough to ruffle a few social media feathers, he then went on to suggest a make-up budget to help out a future female successor.
"I think there's an opportunity to ask whether [a female successor] can spend some money on make-up," he continued.
"A lot of people would say that's objectifying women," Vaidyanatha replied. "It's about who you are inside, isn't it?"
The Dalai Lama agreed, before adding: "But we're human beings... I think appearance is also important."
Understandably, a number of Twitter users were less than impressed with his controversial views.
"Why a female leader has to tick the attractive box I'll never understand, one tweeted. "This goes the same for female political leaders too."
"He's said this a couple of times now, it's not an off-the-cuff response," a second added. "He feels that people respond more to a pretty face sending a message, it's both misogynistic and generally true albeit harsh."
While others disagreed and believed the Dalai Lama was joking.
"He's clearly having a laugh here," one wrote.
Another agreed, tweeting: "I think the interviewer was missing his point to try and hammer home her interpretation to what he was saying. This is where trouble begins."
Though his views on a female successor weren't the only headline-gracing comments he made during the interview.
On the topic of US President Donald Trump, he said that the 73-year-old has a "lack of moral principle".
- This article first appeared on Yahoo