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Tokyo Olympics hit by another scandal over sexist comment

Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity.

It is yet another setback for the postponed games and another involving comments about women. The Olympics are to open in just over four months, dogged by the pandemic, record costs and numerous scandals.

In February, the president of the organizing committee Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making sexist comments, saying women talk too much in meetings.

Two years ago, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda was also forced to step down in a bribery scandal connected to vote-buying involving International Olympic Committee members.

Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which are to begin on July 23. Last year he told planning staff members that well-known entertainer Naomi Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.”

Watanabe is a heavy-set woman and very famous in Japan, and “Olympig” was a play on the word “Olympic.”

‘It is unforgivable’

Sasaki released a statement early on Thursday saying he was stepping down. He said he had also called Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, and tendered his resignation.

“For Ms. Naomi Watanabe, my idea and comments are a big insult. And it is unforgivable,” Sasaki said. “I offer my deepest regrets and apologize from the depth of my heart to her, and those who may have been offended by this.”

“It is truly regrettable, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” he added.

Hashimoto, who replaced Mori, was scheduled to speak later on Thursday.

Sasaki formerly worked for the giant Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc., which has been a key supporter of these Olympics. It is the official marketing partner and has helped to raise a record of $ 3.5 billion in local sponsorship, almost three times as much as any previous Olympics.

The torch relay for the Olympics kicks off next week from northeastern Japan and will be a severe test with 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan for four months, heading to the opening ceremony and trying to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Organizers and the IOC insist the Olympics will go forward during the pandemic with 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes entering Japan. Official costs for Tokyo are $ 15.4 billion but several government audits show the real cost might be twice that much.

A University of Oxford study says Tokyo is the most expensive Olympics on record.

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EA Receives Guinness World Record for Most Downvoted Comment in History

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The Guinness Book of World Records has given EA a prestigious award in its annals of history. A sharp-eyed Redditor noticed the award, given to the video game publisher for one of its initial responses to the Star Wars Battlefront II loot crate controversy.

Redditor Amsha posted the following image, taken from the latest version of the book:


The original comment in question is reprinted below:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.

We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.

Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.

On its face, this comment doesn’t deserve to have 667,821 downvotes (the next-most downvoted comment on Reddit, to give this some scale, has just 88,892 downvotes). A little context is in order.

This comment was dropped in a thread where players were expressing unhappiness about the amount of time it was going to take to unlock heroes in Star Wars Battlefront II. Players who had bought the Deluxe Edition of the game were angry that certain core heroes like Darth Vader were going to be locked by default and require a long grind to purchase. Players calculated that it could take up to 40 hours of play to unlock a single hero under EA’s proposed loot crate system.

Battlefront II’s loot crate system was infamously bad. Players earned currency at a snail’s pace and virtually all game advancement was tied to loot crates. The contents of loot crates, however, were entirely random. There was no way to spend time in a specific game mode to unlock features, weapons, or abilities — you might spend 12 hours playing in one mode and earn rewards for a class you didn’t use or a game mode you didn’t play. EA’s defense of this system as “providing heroes with a sense of pride and accomplishment” was seen as a slap in the face to the community and a laughable insult to its intelligence.

They weren’t wrong. EA tried to hold the line on these decisions until Disney executives forced the company to pull the loot crate system just hours before launch. Now, the entire event — and EA’s worst-in-class loot box system — are recorded for posterity.

Hopefully, the executives in question get complementary copies of the tome. They could keep them on their desks as a reminder of what happens when greed and hubris overpower good game design. The reason I’m willing to frame the issue so bluntly is specifically that the entirely randomized nature of the loot crate system EA was poised to implement was obviously terrible to anyone who spent even a few minutes contemplating the question. Making your loot random and tying all loot into a loot crate mechanism is a terrible way to reward players. Most games tie at least some rewards directly to the core gameplay loot because players like to be rewarded for content they are running as opposed to receiving rewards that may have nothing to do with the parts of the gameSEEAMAZON_ET_135 See Amazon ET commerce they enjoy playing.

EA hasn’t stopped trying to argue that its conduct in these events was blameless; the company took substantial heat earlier this year for describing its game mechanisms as ‘Quite ethical surprise mechanics.’ Thus far, neither the public nor legislators investigating whether loot boxes are equivalent to gambling have been willing to buy what the company is selling.

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Julianne Hough Gets Emotional Talking About the Dance Community After Lara Spencer Ballet Comment (Exclusive)

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Trump stands by comment that Jews who vote Democrat show disloyalty to Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump beat back criticism of his comments accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “great disloyalty” and went a step further on Wednesday, saying any vote for a Democrat is a vote against Israel.

“I think that if you vote for a Democrat you are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House.

The Republican president drew outrage on Tuesday from Democratic presidential candidates and U.S. Jewish groups after accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “great disloyalty.”

Critics said Trump’s comments echoed an anti-Semitic trope accusing American Jews of dual loyalties to the United States and Israel.

Trump initially responded on Twitter on Wednesday by quoting a conservative columnist as saying American Jews “don’t know what they’re doing.” The Republican president thanked the commentator, Wayne Allyn Root, who likened Trump to the “king of Israel” and said Israelis “love him like he is the second coming of God.”

The comments about Israel followed Trump’s attacks on a group of first-term Democrats in Congress, U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who were denied entry to Israel last week after Trump pressured the government.

Backlash begins

“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump said on Tuesday, without specifying what or who they were being disloyal to.

Those remarks sparked a swift backlash on Twitter from some of his Democratic opponents. 

American Jews lean Democratic. Roughly 70 per cent of American Jews have typically supported Democratic candidates in recent U.S. presidential elections.

J Street, a liberal lobbying group based in Washington, was among the many U.S. Jewish organizations that expressed outrage or alarm at Trump’s comments.

“It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal,'” the group said on Tuesday.

Anti-Defamation League leader Jonathan Greenblatt said, “It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews.”

The American Jewish Committee called Trump’s comments “shockingly divisive.”

“American Jews — like all Americans — have a range of political views and policy priorities. His assessment of their knowledge or “loyalty,” based on their party preference, is inappropriate, unwelcome, and downright dangerous,” said committee Chief Executive David Harris.

Republican Jewish Committee backs Trump’s comment

The Republican Jewish Committee sided with Trump, saying, “President Trump is right, it shows a great deal of disloyalty to oneself to defend a party that protects/emboldens people that hate you for your religion.”

Trump is popular in Israel. He delighted many Israelis — while appalling other world powers — by recognizing Jerusalem as their capital, moving the U.S. Embassy there, withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has particularly close ties with the Trump administration, declined to comment on his remarks.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter that he had spoken with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top U.S. elected Democrat, about strong U.S.-Israel relations he said were “not dependent on the links with either party.”

Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, accusing them of hostility to Israel and anti-Semitism. He repeated his attacks on Tlaib on Wednesday, accusing her on Twitter of wanting to cut off aid to Israel, a U.S. ally that has long enjoyed bipartisan support.

In February, Omar, who along with Tlaib supports a boycott of Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians, said U.S. Jews have divided loyalties. She apologized for those remarks after being widely condemned by many in her own party.

Most Democrats disagree with Tlaib and Omar’s views on Israel, but Trump’s attacks on them have rallied support for the two within their party.

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals Diddy Apologized to Alex Rodriguez After Leaving Flirty Comment on Her Sexy Photo

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Kendall Jenner Gets Flirty Comment From Ben Simmons After Sharing a Sexy Photo of Herself

Kendall Jenner knows how to command attention!

The 23-year-old model and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star left her on-again, off-again flame Ben Simmons drooling after posting a stunning photo of herself. On Wednesday night, Jenner shared a black-and-white portrait from her family’s extravagant Christmas party. The sultry snap received a slew of comments from celebs and pals, like Vanessa Hudgens, Hailey Baldwin and Jen Atkin — but there was one note that definitely caught fans’ attention.

While they have yet to confirm their relationship, the 22-year-old NBA star left a flirty comment on Jenner’s pic, posting two drooling face emojis.

Kendall Jenner


Jenner and the Philadelphia 76ers player were first linked earlier this summer, with the two frequently spotted canoodling and going on vacation together.

However, in September, her romance with Simmons appeared to be dying down after she was seen with Anwar Hadid, months after they were snapped locking lips.

A source told ET at the time that the reality star and Anwar were “nothing serious.” “Anwar and Kendall are just having fun for now,” the source said. “Both of them recently got out of relationships, and don’t want anything too serious.”

Meanwhile, just last month, Jenner attended Simmons’ basketball game against her sister Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson’s team. At the game, Jenner jokingly booed Thompson.

Her sister’s beau didn’t seem to be too upset by Jenner calling him out, as the two were seen hugging it out later in the game, while Khloe commented on the situation on Twitter. 

“Look at my baby heckler  👀📢  I’m dying at Kenny trying to heckle on the low low! #ItDidntWork,” Khloe tweeted, writing in another tweet, “My sister was watching HER man Play against my man… So of course she’s going to heckle the opposing team.”

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John Mayer Offers to Break Halsey’s Heart in Another Flirty Comment

John Mayer was ready for some “Love on the Weekend” over the holidays. 

The 41-year-old musician continued his flirty back and forth with singer Halsey on social media, commenting on the 24-year-old artist’s Instagram video. 

Halsey posted a video of herself playing the guitar, writing, “This Is Your Brain on Writer’s Block: everything I write today sounds like my myspace song in 2008 or a poorly disguised Beatles rip off someone send help.”

Mayer then replied, “I can be over to break your heart in 20?” 

The longtime pals haven’t been shy with their Internet flirtation in recent weeks. But earlier this month, Halsey shut down the dating rumors during an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Morning Mashup.

Halsey Instagram comment


“The craziest thing was too, is I tweeted him and I was like, ‘Imagine this, right: two people are just friends. That’s crazy,” Halsey noted, referencing an earlier tweet. “We’ve been friends for a couple years and he’s really funny and smart and he gave me a lot of really good advice about staying true to myself.”

Halsey also noted that she can relate to Mayer on a musician level, adding, “The thing about him is he’s a musician. He’s an instrumentalist. He’s one of the greatest… probably the greatest guitar player my generation has to offer. He’s a songwriter and he’s so, so talented.” 

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Dwyane Wade Jokingly Threatens Former Teammate Jimmy Butler for His Comment on Gabrielle Union's Instagram

Let this be a lesson: Dwyane Wade’s wife is off limits.

The NBA star let that be known on Instagram, when his former Chicago Bulls teammate, Jimmy Butler, left a certain kind of comment on Gabrielle Union’s racy pool photo.

The 45-year-old actress posted a snap of herself stepping out of the pool in a black crop top and black-and-gold bikini bottoms from her Venice, Italy, vacation on Thursday. Butler couldn’t help but comment, “WELL DAMN!!” on the sexy pic, causing Wade to step in.

“MINE!” the Miami Heat shooting guard posted — before taking his beef to Butler’s page.



On a video captioned, “The good, the bad, and the ugly” on Butler’s Instagram, Wade wrote, “Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you’re gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like.”

“Well that escalated quickly. Point noted.. I’m still coming to the bbq tho,” Butler replied, adding a few crying laughing emojis.



Union, meanwhile, knows full well what she’s doing when showing off her body on Instagram. In a recent interview with ET, she admitted, “I train harder just for social media than I did for [the action scenes in Breaking In].”

As for how she gets in such incredible shape, it’s all about balance for the actress, who enjoys both pilates and drinking rose. Watch below.


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Katie Couric Explains the Matt Lauer 'A** Pinching' Comment She Made in 2012 (Exclusive)

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Katie Couric has more to say about Matt Lauer’s firing.  The famed journalist sat down with ET’s Leanne Aguilera at Nat Geo’s Television Critics Association press day on Saturday, where she addressed addressed an old interview on Watch What Happens Live that went viral after the allegations against Lauer surfaced. “What is Matt’s most annoying habit?” Andy Cohen asked her in 2012. Her response: “He pinches me on the a** a lot.” “I think that’s very illustrative of the current media landscape,…

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