From frying pan to fire

The head of the Tokyo Olympics is in trouble for saying:

“If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” said Mori, according to local media.

So he said he didn’t want more female board members as they speak too much. And what did he say when he tried to apologise?

Mori, 83, apologised at a hastily called news conference, but when pressed on whether he really thought women talked too much, he said: “I don’t listen to women that much lately so I don’t know”.

Oh dear.

Mori is a former PM of Japan and was once described as having “the heart of a flea and the brain of a shark”. I can’t work out if that is an insult as sharks are quite intelligent. I suspect we can conclude heart of a flea is not complimentary.

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