Peace Prize-winner, pin-up, what’s the difference?

Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Archbishop Desmond Tutu “expressed concern” about the situation in Burma, where dissident (and a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 11 of the past 17 years. After saluting her, Tutu said:

“Please, please, how can men armed to the teeth be scared of this petite, demure, beautiful woman?” the 75-year-old said, adding: “She’s my only pin-up in my office.

Classy, huh? And why, I wonder, would the repressive regime in Burma have any reason to be scared of a woman who was democratically elected to be the country’s prime minister in 1990, but never allowed to assume office? It’s not like petite, beautiful women have ever been primary agents of democratic change before. Nope, never happened.
Tutu also had this charming line about the Dalai Lama:

“He’s the only non pop star who can fill Central Park in New York … and he doesn’t even speak English properly!”

Ugh. These remarks actually sound a lot like George W. Bush to me. You know, that tone of trying to be jokey in a frat-house way, but really just being offensive.

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