Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits

The creative director for Tokyo’s Olympic ceremonies resigned on Thursday for suggesting a female comedian appear as a pig, just weeks after the Games’ chief stepped down over insulting remarks about women, reports AFP. Hiroshi Sasaki announced his decision after a report on Wednesday revealed his proposal that Naomi Watanabe, a popular celebrity and plus-size model, appear as an “Olympig” wearing pig ears at the opening ceremony. In a statement released early on Thursday, Sasaki apologised to Watanabe and said he understood his suggestion was inappropriate. “My idea would be a huge insult to Ms. Naomi Watanabe. This can’t be taken back,” he said.


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