Tokyo Games Creative Chief Resigns Over Comedian Insults

There was bizarre news from the world of sport on Thursday. The creative head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Hiroshi Sasaki resigned after making a derogatory comment about a female Japanese entertainer.

Sasaki, who was the chief director for the opening and closing ceremonies, said plus-size comedian Naomi Watanabe could play a role as an “Olympig”. He also suggested that she could wear pig ears at the opening ceremony.

The director confessed that he had made these nasty comments last year via a group chat on a messaging app. He later apologized and acknowledged that his suggestion was a “great insult” to her.

“There was a very inappropriate expression in my ideas and remarks, I sincerely apologize to her and people who have felt discomfort with such content,” Sasaki said in a statement released through the Games organizing committee.

Ms. Watanabe has yet to publicly address the issue. The 33-year-old woman is one of Japan’s most famous comedians. She has won the hearts of many Japanese people for her celebrity impersonations and for having led a body positive movement called “chubby and cute”.

Sasaki’s resignation is a further blow to the organization of the Games and comes on the heels of the resignation of Games president Yoshiro Mori who made sexist comments.