Masterchef Australia – Kate Refuses To Call The Dalai Lama By His Title
Masterchef Australia continues to hit some big goals with huge locations and now this Sunday with the leader of the Buddhist movement, the Dalai Lama, being a special guest on the show.
In a previous blog post I questioned why a spiritual leader would go on a reality show and whether it diminishes their integrity. However I also think it goes to show how popular and powerful a medium reality TV has become, that the Dalai Lama who does use popular culture to promote is brand was happy to be apart of the show.
His strategy appears to work, a lot of people where I live are not religious but like “the buddhist philosophy” or the “eastern religions”.
However it appears Kate Bracks, the mum of three, was not so overawed by his appearance. Kate, a Christian, refused to call him by his title – his holiness.
That was the religious test facing MasterChef mum Kate Bracks, who refused to acknowledge the leader by his formal title when he was the guest star of Sunday’s episode.
The 36-year-old Christian from Orange was the only contestant who felt “uncomfortable” with the protocol, addressing him only as “Dalai”.
His appearance created an emotion-charged challenge for the other five competitors, who all spoke of his “energy”, “aura” and “amazing spirit”.
But Bracks said she did not “see the Dalai as a holy man”.
“My belief is that God is the only one that is perfectly holy,” she said.
“So in terms of everybody calling him Your Holiness, that was probably the only aspect of the challenge I was uncomfortable with. I just called him Dalai Lama.”
Interestingly enough christian leaders in their own communities Bill Crewes and Tim Costello were quite comfortable calling the Dalai Lama by his title.
When a person’s religion states it is superior to another I think it is time they had a re-think about religion. As Kate is not just slighting the Dalai Lama, but also his millions of followers. I am not talking about the latte set in inner Sydney, but the people of Thailand, and Tibetans, and other genuine believers of this innocuous religion.
My view is you must respect all religions (not the fundamental elements which the three major religions all have), and it should have been shown by Kate to the Dalai Lamai on this episode.
I am a Republican but I would always curtsey to the Queen and call her by her correct title. I have issues with George Pell’s views on a lot of things, however I would address him by his correct title, as I would the Pope.
Kate who has been very popular on the show may have lost some fans over this stance, or she may have gained some as well, but are they the fans you really want to have?
What are your thoughts on Kate’s view on this issue?