Dalai Lama retires as Tibet’s political leader in response to a Tibet TV commercial by Groupon.
March 19, 2011 Leave a comment
In 2011 the Dalai Lama stepped down as Tibet’s political leader. The leader said that he is stepping down because political rule by leaders or kings is out of date and that Tibetans should have a democratically elected political representative to help Tibet gain independence. The Dalai Lama said that he will not step down from being a spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lama also said that the Tibet Super Bowl TV Commercial by Groupon aided in his decision to retire. The Dalai Lama said that the Groupon ad which compared Tibetans’ 60 year 800,000 casualty struggle for independence to Americans eating fish curry at restaurants, was tasteless and offensive. The leader said, “I usually have a live and let live Philosophy, however in this one instance I am going to spend the beginning of my retirement getting even with Groupon with an eye for an eye philosophy.” The Dalai Lama said that he will still fight for a free Tibet, but that he will have to split his time between updating freetibet.org and grouponsucks.com.
This is the first time in 300 years and over 14 reincarnations that the Dalai Lama has decided to get sweet revenge against a website.