Tokyo Olympics: Director of the Games Opening Ceremony SUCCESSFUL due to Holocaust jokes ON the eve of the event
Tokyo Games opening ceremony director Kantaro Kobayashi is POSTED on the eve of the event for Holocaust jokes he made in 1998… days after the show’s composer was forced to resign for admitting to bullying disabled children during his school days
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Friday has been plunged into further chaos following the resignation of the show director.
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto confirmed to media that Kantaro Kobayashi was fired on the eve of the event for allegedly anti-Semitic jokes he made during a comedy routine in 1998.
A clip, widely shared on Japanese social media on Wednesday, showed the 48-year-old comedian the line “Let’s play Holocaust” during the TV skit.
Kantaro Kobayashi has been fired as director of the Tokyo Games opening ceremony for Holocaust jokes he made during a comedy skit in 1998
His resignation comes days after the show’s composer, Keigo Oyamada, was forced to resign after footage emerged of interviews in which he admitted to bullying disabled children during his school days.
And Executive Creative Director Hiroshi Sasaki stepped down in March after criticizing his suggestion that plus-size model Naomi Watanabe dress up as a pig during the ceremony.
There will be no fans and fewer than 1,000 VIPs in Tokyo’s 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium, with a series of heads of major companies such as Toyota and Panasonic publicly announcing that they would be pulling out amid concerns over perceptions. of the audience of the Games.
Japanese media have reported that Emperor Naruhito will attend the ceremony, but will emphatically refrain from using the word “celebrate.”
Only about 30 of the more than 200 Team GB athletes currently in Tokyo are expected to march at the ceremony, with many concerned about the coronavirus.
Kobayashi’s resignation comes just 24 hours before opening ceremony in Tokyo begins