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John Oliver’s Interview With The Dalai Lama Is A Gift Too Pure For This World

On the March 5 episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver interviewed the Dalai Lama, seeking some answers into what exactly the Dalai Lama does, since neither he nor anyone he interviewed on the streets in America seemed to know what that was.

In the introductory segment to the interview, Oliver detailed the relationship between the Dalai Lama and China, which has exiled him from his native Tibet and called him “a wolf in monk’s robes.”

It has even banned celebrities like Lady Gaga from entering China just because she’d met with the Dalai Lama.

Actually, China hates the Dalai Lama so much, it has installed a different person as Tibet’s “Panchen Lama,” someone whose entire job is devoted to finding a successor to the Dalai Lama when he dies.

This is all part of China’s strategy to delegitimize the Dalai Lama in order to keep Tibet under its control.

So, John Oliver traveled to Dharamsala, India, where the Dalai Lama has been living in exile, just to see what the Dalai Lama had to say to his haters.

When the subject matter of the interview was at times dark — covering topics like the Dalai Lama’s refusal to condemn the self-immolation of his followers — the Tibetan spiritual leader responded with total compassion for his followers’ families because he didn’t want them to feel ashamed about the way their loved ones died.

When Oliver asked the Dalai Lama how he felt about the Chinese calling him a demon, he beamed and mimed two horns over his head, saying, “Oh yes, I’m a demon.”

Then, later in the interview, he asked John Oliver to join him as his demon friend.

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Oliver replied, feigning terror, “You can’t reincarnate the demon into me!”

“Yes!” cackled the Dalai Lama.

Honestly, the whole thing was cuter than Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in Seattle.” I found myself smiling through the entire thing.

While I still don’t know if the Dalai Lama is pissed about how shitty China has been to him, I’m pretty confident he enjoys his newfound friendship with John Oliver.

I hope when it was all over, the two of them went to get friendship bracelets with horns on them.

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