The director of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was suddenly fired for a joke about the Holocaust in 1998

Just one day before the 2020 Tokyo opening ceremony postponed due to COVID Olympic Games, The person in charge of the ceremony was fired for a Holocaust commentary made 23 years ago.

The director of the ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi, made a joke in one of his 1998 comedy performances that included being fired after the massacre, which included the phrase: “Let’s play the massacre.”

The chairman of the organizing committee Hashimoto Seiko said that the organizing committee “deeply apologized” for this.

“We discovered that Mr. Kobayashi used a phrase that mocked historical tragedy in his own performance,” Hashimoto said. “We apologize for causing such developments the day before the opening ceremony and causing troubles and worries to many interested parties, as well as the people of Tokyo and the whole country.”

On July 22, 2020, before the Tokyo 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Tokyo 2020 logo appeared on the ball during the table tennis training class at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Photograph taken by JUNG YEON-JE/​​AFP via Getty Images

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The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games postponed due to the pandemic is scheduled to take place on Friday night. The ceremony will be held without an audience to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, although some officials, guests and the media will attend.

Earlier this week, the composer Keigo Koyamada, who was expected to use music at the awards ceremony, was forced to resign because he bullied his classmates in the past, which he boasted in a magazine interview. His music clips will not be used.

Soon after the video clips and scripts of Kobayashi’s performance were exposed, criticism flooded social media.

Rabia Braham Cooper, deputy dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Director of Global Social Action, a human rights organization in Los Angeles, said: “No one, no matter how creative, has no right to laugh at the victims of the Nazi genocide.” He also pointed out. , The Nazis used poison gas on disabled Germans.

He said: “If this person is linked to the Tokyo Olympics, it will insult the memory of 6 million Jews and make cruel mockery of the Paralympics.”

Kobayashi is a former member of the popular comedy duo Rahmens, and is famous overseas for his comedy series including “Traditional Japan”.

The last-minute scandal happened to the prime minister Suga YoshihideDespite the return of the coronavirus infection, the government still faces criticism for its public health concerns for prioritizing the Olympic Games.

Kobayashi’s massacre jokes and Oyamada’s resignation are the latest incidents that plague the Olympics. Yoshiro Mori resigned as chairman of the organizing committee due to sexist remarks. Sasaki Hiroshi also resigned as creative director of the opening and closing ceremonies after suggesting that the Japanese actress dress up as a pig.

Also this week, the chiropractor of the American women’s wrestling team apologized after comparing the Olympic COVID-19 agreement with Nazi Germany in a social media post. Rosie Gallegos-Main has been a women’s wrestling masseuse since 2009, and she will be allowed to end her plan at the American Wrestling Pre-match Training Camp in Nakatsugawa, Japan.

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