Caller brands the Dalai Lama 'disgusting' after the leader asked a boy to 'suck his tongue'

11 April 2023, 21:50

Caller is horrified that no one stepped in with Dalai Lama

By Grace Parsons

This "annoyed" caller slammed the Tibetan leader, arguing that asking the young boy to suck his tongue "is not cultural, it's disgusting".

After videos surfaced of the Dalai Lama making the strange comment to the boy, and kissing him on the lips, this Tom Swarbrick caller, Cheryl in Fulwich, labelled the act "disgusting".

Cheryl fumed: "It doesn't matter if it's the Dalai Lama, it doesn't matter who it is. The fact is, this is a child who's around somebody who's not their parent, not that that would make it any better - this person has taken it upon themselves to kiss this child on the lips.

"You can clearly see the child is not comfortable but still no one jumped in to help this child, or pull this child away and then to the point that he actually says to the child about sucking on his tongue and he actually pokes his tongue out to the child... and still nobody jumps in.

"It really annoys me because it's not cultural, it's disgusting!"

READ MORE: Horrified caller disgusted at Dalai Lama being labelled as a 'predator' after asking boy to 'suck tongue'

Tom responded: "There are red flags absolutely everywhere with this. I don't know that there is any cultural practice that suggest this is in any way relevant, or necessary.

"Do you know what, if it is culturally insensitive to say it's absolutely disgusting, then I think I'm happy to say it."

The Dalai Lama's office said he apologised to the boy and his family "for the hurt his words may have caused".

According to the spokesperson, the boy had asked for a hug before the start of the clip that has been shared online.

READ MORE: Dalai Lama apologises after video shows him asking boy to 'suck my tongue', insisting it was 'innocent and playful'

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

A sister has described the moment she punched a crocodile to save her sister.

'I wasn't going to leave her behind': Twin recalls punching crocodile to save sister

Susan Hall has dismissed Ed Miliband's claim that she would be an 'embarrassment' to Britain as the next London mayor.

Susan Hall dismisses as 'nonsense’ after Ed Miliband said she would be an ‘embarrassment’ as London Mayor

UK should prepare for 'something close to war', Nato's deputy tells LBC, amid warning members have 'neglected defence'

UK should prepare for 'something close to war', Nato's Deputy General tells LBC, as he warns Russia 'cannot be trusted'

Emma Webber (left) speaking to LBC

Mother of Nottingham attack victim Barnaby Webber blasts police ‘mistruths’ after force is put in special measures

Lord Harrington said there should be a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes.

Former refugees minister Lord Harrington calls for a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes

Mel Stride has backed the PM

Rishi Sunak has 'absolutely not' betrayed nation over Rwanda plan, insists minister after Braverman's attack on PM

Tom and caller

'Our family is there': Mother shares heartbreaking experience of being a British Jew during Israel-Hamas conflict

The ban will be brought into effect in months

'Children should be in the classroom to learn': Gillian Keegan orders 'blanket ban' of mobile phones in schools

Tributes have been paid to Elianne after she was stabbed to death in Croydon

Fellow pupil of schoolgirl stabbed to death in Croydon describes heartbreaking moment students were told of her killing

Scotland's first safe drug consumption space set to be openned

'Isn't this just decriminalising heroin?': Tom Swarbrick questions Labour MSP over first safe drug consumption room

The education secretary discusses educational reforms with Tom Swarbrick

Shadow education secretary says 'Building Schools for the Future Programme' would have prevented Raac crisis

Tom Swabrick

'Is it not completely mental?': Tom Swarbrick astonished as schools shut due to crumble-risk concrete before new term

Exam results

Equation sheets given to GCSE cohort in attempt lessen reduced grade inflation blow, schools minister says

Crime commentator on Adam Provan

Internal review of rapist ex-Met officer is the equivalent of 'marking your own homework', says crime commentator

Education Secretary discuss new Eton free schools on LBC

‘Bailed out by Eton’: Education Secretary discusses new free schools with Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick