The 14th Dalai Lama, famous amongst Buddhist and celebrities alike (the celebrities who have escaped Scientology, we mean), does a lot of interviews. He's genial, fairly articulate and gives a very lucid, thought-out answer to this BBC reporter in response to the question,"Could the 15th Dalai Lama be reincarnated as a woman?" Yet, after hearing it, we were like, "WTF?" The exchange starts at about 4:45 in the video below:
The Dalai Lama makes what seems like a dad joke gone horribly wrong by saying, “Today in a more troubled world, I think females should take more important roles, and then I told that reporter[in another interview], if a female Dalai Lama comes, their face should be very attractive." The journalist interviewing him, Clive Myrie, tries to correct course by allowing him to clarify. Myrie asks, "So you can only have a female Dalai Lama if they’re attractive? Is that what you’re saying?”
But Dalai Lama don't play that! His message is that ugly women cannot be leaders and he is pretty insistent, adding, “I mean if female Dalai Lama come, then that female must be very attractive, otherwise not much use.”
“You’re joking, I’m assuming," Myrie tries one more time, "Or you’re not joking?”
The Dalai Lama is adamant, perhaps because no one has told him about the Internet: “No. True!” Well, he's right. We all love HIM for his body.