The North American member of the Tibetan Parliament, Tashi Namgyal, wrote a protest letter to Icon Shoe.
"I came across shoes with image of Lord Buddha on it, manufactured by your company.
I was totally shocked and dismayed at being so insensitive," wrote Namgyal.
"Lord Buddha is worshipped by millions of people around the world including the writer of this letter...
Therefore, I would like to strongly urge your company to recall every merchandise sold with Buddha's image and stop not only selling such merchandises but manufacture of such products.
Above all, I want you to tender unqualified apology posted on your website," Tashi demanded.
Based out of Palm Desert, California, ICON was launched in 1999 by a Hollywood filmmaker and art collector.
Tashi Namgyal Khamritsang (Seattle, WA)Tashi serves as a Commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.Currently, he works for Puget Sound Energy in the Maps, Records and Technology department.Prior to his immigration to the United States, he worked with the Tibetan government in exile, including the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Nepal, for 25 years.He is a former president of the Tibetan Association of Washington.He has served as Chairperson to the 2008 Dalai Lama Long Life Celebration Committee.He also served as the General Secretary for the Coordinating Committee of the North American Tibetan Associations from 2005-2007.
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