Tibetans incensed over beer ad with Dalai Lama

  • Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 29, 2012 - 9:39 PM

Minneapolis company removed offensive billboard.

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chemnpMar. 1, 12 1:03 AM

most people would agree that the dalai lama has bigger fish to fry.

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eanderson74Mar. 1, 12 6:46 AM

Using the Dalai Lama's image (without his permission) and altering his image to sell beer is and was totally in bad taste. Help promoting alcohol consumption is not what the Dalai Lama is about.

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formergopMar. 1, 12 7:20 AM

People are way too sensitive.

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ChachiMar. 1, 12 7:25 AM

These are good people who made a mistake. It probably should have been realized by someone before making it into a giant billboard, but it happened. They apologized and now it is time to move on.

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UMD1983Mar. 1, 12 9:18 AM

Probably wasn't the best idea, but I'd bet the Dalai Lama would recognize it as an attempt at humor and forgive them. This is not a guy who's about holding grudges, and his followers should recognize and respect that. They pulled the ad and apologized, so let's all move on to bigger things.

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MacMar. 1, 1210:11 AM

Seriously? What's the big deal? I would think the Dalai Lama would approve of this campaign as the beer vendor certainly does good things for the community. I wonder if the Tibetans would have changed their tune if they put a little effort into finding out where the profits of this particular beer go.

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strugsMar. 1, 1210:36 AM

"... Minnesota's large Tibetan population ..." Gimme a break.

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harryoyaMar. 1, 1211:49 AM

I do not know if Ugen knows that this company gives 100 percent of it's profits to local food selves, I am not sure (and they should have) that if asked the Dalai Lama would'nt have approved . Maybe Ugen is being a little political.

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