The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has sparked a huge controversy after a viral video emerged of him kissing a minor boy on the lips and asking him to ‘suck my tongue’. The video was recorded during an event for India’s M3M Foundation last month. The incident has caused an uproar, with many people calling it “disgusting”, “outrageous” and “creepy”. Let’s explore this incident in detail.
The Video Footage
In the video, the 87-year-old Dalai Lama is seen addressing students and followers. A young boy approaches the microphone and asks if he can hug the spiritual leader. The monk then calls the boy on stage, hugs him and then the boy gives him a kiss on the cheek. The video then shows the Dalai Lama kissing the boy on the lips and then sticking his tongue out, asking the minor to “suck my tongue”. The footage has been widely shared on social media, with reactions ranging from outrage to defending the monk.
Reactions on Social Media
The video has sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with some calling the Dalai Lama’s actions creepy, while others are defending him. Some have called the incident a form of Tibetan greeting, where sticking out one’s tongue is a way of greeting people in Tibet. However, most people are not buying that argument and are condemning the spiritual leader’s actions. Many have called for the Dalai Lama to apologize and take responsibility for his actions.
Is This a Case of Controversial Greetings?
In trying to defend the Dalai Lama’s actions, some netizens said that the kiss may actually be a form of Tibetan greeting. However, many Tibetans do not agree with this argument, stating that there is no tradition of kissing or tongue-sucking as a form of greeting in Tibetan culture. In fact, sticking out one’s tongue is a way of greeting people in Tibet, but it is not done by kissing or sucking on someone’s tongue.
Dalai Lama’s Past Controversies
This is not the first time that the Dalai Lama has found himself in the midst of a controversy. In 2019, he faced a sexism scandal when he stated in an interview with the BBC that his future female successor should be “very attractive” or she would be of “not much use.” He later apologized for his comments, but the controversy left a mark on his image.
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