By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 21: Tibetan netizens have demanded apology from Pakistani social media influencer Sameera Khan after she posted a series of tweets since Oct. 17 that said the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is “World’s most loved ex-slave owner” and condemned US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) for her admiration of the Tibetan leader.
The naturalised American has over 66,000 followers on Twitter and continues to make sweeping remarks about the Nobel laureate, stating that he owned “6,170 field serfs and 102 house slaves” and performed Buddhist rituals with human skin peeled off slaves.
She has shared numerous articles denouncing the Tibetan leader’s claim to Tibet by sharing articles sympathetic to Beijing’s narrative. She has disregarded Tibetan Twitter users as trolls and continues to use her handle to discredit the Tibetan leader, widely regarded as the foremost symbol of peace and reconciliation.
Tibetan MP Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari told Phayul about her initial reaction, “I was appalled when I saw it but calmed myself to check her past Twitter posts which further confirmed to me that she’s deliberately posting CCP propaganda on His Holiness and Tibet using a free social media platform. This sends out a message to Tibetans in the free world to keep our online attention on China and engage our allies too in keeping our freedom movement focused forward more than ever.”
A novel #apologizenow Twitter trend has surfaced online; it questions Khan’s narrative and demands apology for her controversial posts. Many users online including Tibetan singer and Instagram influencer Yeshi Khando have taken to prominent social media apps to report her account’s misleading narrative, and urged others to do so.
Retweets from her account consist of wrong information aimed only to slander, like accusing the Dalai Lama of the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. She also called out AOC’s support for the Dalai Lama, “When will AOC renounce her support for slave owners? Not until her brain dead supporters hold her accountable for supporting slave owners.”
She is a former correspondent for Russia Today (RT) in the US, and also the winner of the Miss New Jersey USA title in 2015. In 2018, she posted a variety of tweets defending known genocidal leader Joseph Stalin Stalin’s gulags as being not as severe as portrayed in history. Later, she apologized for the gulag memes, stating she found out that the information in the memes she shared was “inaccurate”.