The creative head of the Tokyo Olympics resigned this week after he made a derogatory comment about Japanese comedian and actress Naomi Watanabe, according to Reuters.
Hiroshi Sasaki served as the creative director for both the opening and closing ceremonies for the upcoming Games — which were delayed from last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said Thursday that he had resigned after saying during a planning group chat that Watanabe could play a role in the ceremonies as an “Olympig.”
“There was a very inappropriate expression in my ideas and remarks,” Sasaki said in a statement, via Reuters. “I sincerely apologize to [Watanabe] and people who have felt discomfort with such contents.”
Sasaki’s comments mark latest sexist incident
Sasaki’s resignation is just the latest from the organizing committee.
Mori said on Feb. 3 that he thought board meetings with women “take so much time.”
Naturally, those comments didn’t go over well. He apologized initially, though refused to step down — which sparked more backlash. Nine days later, after hundreds of volunteers and two torch bearers resigned in protest, .
The Olympics are set to kick off on July 23 in Tokyo.
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