Hiroshi Sasaki resigned as the director of the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies after it was revealed that he had suggested that a female comedian should appear as an “Olympig.”

A man and a woman stand with a backdrop of the Olympic rings floating in the water in the Odaiba section Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning after making demeaning comments about Naomi Watanabe, a well-known female celebrity. Sasaki who was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, told planning staff members last year that Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.” (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)