Tokyo Olympic Games creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned Thursday after he made a disparaging comment about a female celebrity’s weight, the Associated Press reported.
Sasaki was responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies, set to begin July 23. During an online staff meeting last year, he suggested that plus-size comedian Naomi Watanabe could perform as an “Olympig,” the AP reported.
Sasaki reportedly proposed an idea that involved Naomi Watanabe coming down from the sky as a pig as part of the Olympic opening ceremony. The idea apparently centered on a play on words, namely the portmanteau “Olympig.” https://t.co/BwrSsFv9sD
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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the comment was “extremely embarrassing”, the AP reported.