Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director fired for massacre jokes


Tokyo 2020 has fired the director of the opening ceremony the day before the opening ceremony because of the scenes of him joking about the massacre on social media.

The departure of Kentaro Kobayashi, mentioned in the 1998 comedy show, made the opening ceremony even more chaotic. Keigo Oyamada Past remarks about bullying classmates with disabilities.

After cutting out four minutes of Oyamada’s music from the show earlier this week, this development forced the organizers to consider revising the opening ceremony, leaving only a few hours of rehearsal time.Dismissal also marks Another embarrassment For Japan, because it stumbled at the start of the Olympics on Friday.

Hashimoto SpermThe Tokyo 2020 chairman stated that Kobayashi “made fun of the tragic history” and that the committee fired him before the remarks could become a diplomatic issue.

A person close to the opening ceremony said that the technology and comprehensive rehearsal have been completed, and it is almost impossible to make further changes. “All the people, music and lighting have been coordinated to the second one, and changing anything now will cause too much chaos,” the person said.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend the opening ceremony. Abe is the core Participate in Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games and wear Super Mario to attend the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Abe’s office was closed for a national holiday and he could not be reached for comment. However, NHK stated that his decision not to participate was due to the rules of the Olympic organizers, there were no spectators in the stadium, and Tokyo’s emergency against Covid.

Kobayashi Kentaro © AP

The 48-year-old Kobayashi was a member of the comedy duo named Rahmens in the 1990s and 2000s. In the clips that surfaced online, the two made a joke, using references to the victims of the Holocaust to set a joke.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish rights organization based in the United States, condemned the joke: “No one, no matter how creative, has no right to laugh at the victims of the Nazi genocide.”

In a statement issued through the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Kobayashi said that this incident occurred while he was joking, and he had reconsidered this. “My job is to entertain people, and it is unacceptable to make people unhappy,” he said. “I understand and regret that my stupid choice of words was wrong.”

Japanese TV stations have always relied on comedians’ “stables” to fill the cast of variety shows. Their jokes are rarely noticed in Japan, but are often considered offensive among modern audiences in Europe or the United States-these worlds are now brought together by the Olympics.

Kobayashi is the second creative Olympic director to resign after Hiroshi Sasaki’s resignation in March. Earlier reports stated that he had suggested that a large-size female comedian should appear at the opening ceremony as an “Olympic player”.

Musician Oyamada withdrew after recurring remarks made in magazine interviews in the 1990s. He once boasted that he bullied classmates with disabilities when he was in school.

The latest scandal at the opening ceremony occurred in the organizer report 12 More positive tests For Covid-19, the total reached 91. The positive test included two athletes and two other residents of the Olympic Village.

Tokyo 2020 indicates the positive test rate of people traveling to Japan very low“This is 20 out of 32,000 people-the positive rate is 0.06%,” said Hidemasa Nakamura, director of operations. He said that the usual rate in airport tests is 0.4%, indicating that tourists are complying with the rules.

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