Director of Olympics opening ceremony fired for 1998 comment


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Director of Olympics opening ceremony fired for 1998 comment

Kentaro Kobayashi was singled out for making a Holocaust joke as part of a comedy act when he was part of the duo the Rahmens.

TOKYO – The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday due to a joke about him Holocaust which he did during a comedy show in 1998.

The president of the organizing committee Seiko Hashimoto announced a day before the opening ceremony that the director Kentaro Kobayashi he had been fired. He was singled out for making a joke about the Hellocaust in his act of comedy, using the phrase “Let’s play the Holocaust.”

“We learned that Mr. Kobayashi, in his presentation, he used a phrase that ridiculed a historical tragedy, “he said Hashimoto. “We deeply apologize for causing this situation one day before the opening ceremony and causing trouble and discomfort to many parties involved, as well as to the people of Tokyo and the rest of the world.”

The opening ceremony of the postponed Olympic Games It is scheduled for Friday night. The ceremony will be held without spectators to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections, although the presence of a limited number of leaders, guests and journalists will be allowed.

Earlier this week, the composer Keigo oyamada, whose music was to be used in the ceremony, had to resign after being harshly criticized for harassing his classmates during his childhood, including those with disabilities.

Oyamada He spoke about the abuse in interviews he gave to Japanese magazines in the 1990s. The segment of his music will not be used.

Shortly after a video and transcript of the presentation of Kobayashi were revealed, criticism abounded on social media.

“Anyone, no matter how creative, has no right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide,” said the rabbi. Abraham Cooper, deputy dean and director of global social action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a group that defends human rights in The Angels. He also mentioned that the Nazis gassed Germans with disabilities.

“Any link of this person with Tokyo Olympics would insult the memory of 6 million Jews and would be a cruel joke of the Paralympic Games“he added.

Kobayashi was a former member of the Rahmens, a popular comedian duo, and became known for comedy series.

The scandals on the eve of the inauguration occur just as the prime minister’s government Yoshihide suga has been criticized for prioritizing Olympic Games, despite a spike in coronavirus cases.

The holocaust joke of Kobayashi and the resignation of Oyamada they add to a list of scandals that have shaken the Games. Yoshiro mori resigned as chair of the organizing committee resigned over sexist comments. Hiroshi sasaki he also resigned as creative director of the opening and closing ceremonies after suggesting that a Japanese actress dress like a pig.


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