Wow, you know shit's messed up when even the living, breathing embodiment of humanity and compassion turns out to be a sexist douche.
During the seven-minute talk with journalist, Clive Myrie, the spiritual leader talks about the European migrant crisis, defeating terrorism, his "role as a religious rock star" and his thoughts on the possibility of the 15th incarnation of the Dalai Lama being a woman.
The current Dalai Lama was enthusiastically in favor of the idea, explaining to Myrie, “The female biologically [has] more potential to show affection... and compassion," and sharing that years previously he had told a female reporter in Paris the exact same thing.
Well, no, not exactly, not when you take into account what follows next.
“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" the Dalai Lama says, laughing, his trademark smile lighting up his own exceedingly handsome and attractive visage.
“So you can only have a female Dalai Lama if they're attractive? Is that what you're saying?" Myrie responds, laughing along.
“I mean if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use," the 80-year-old continues, still laughing along.
“You're joking, I'm assuming….Or you're not joking?" a confused Myrie asks, clearly unsure if it's just another of the notorious joker's quips, or if he's actually being serious despite the laughing.
And.... that will be the latter Mr Myrie—as the Dalai Lama makes crystal clear, “No, true," he replies, serious for one minute, before starting to laugh again at his own wit and wisdom.
The interview aired in full Monday night in the U.K., but, when it came to the BBC website article there was no mention of the controversial remarks, instead, it focused solely on the Dalai Lama's comments about refugees.
A spokesperson for the BBC denied any whitewashing however—insisting they ran with the refugee line as they deemed it more newsworthy.
The Dalai Lama has previously lauded himself as a champion of women's rights, claiming in an interview back in 2013, "I call myself a feminist."
Mind you, he's also on record saying, "Some feminists have too much emotion. That I don't like."
C'mon now.... the old guy's just fucking with us, right?