The show director for the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been fired on the eve of the event over a decades-old skit referencing the Holocaust, in the latest blow for organisers of the pandemic-delayed Games.
On the night of the Tokyo Olympics, the show director for the opening ceremony was sacked over a decades-old comedy evoking the Holocaust, the latest setback for the pandemic-delayed Games.
Kentaro Kobayashi’s statements in a video of a comedy routine from 1998 went viral overnight, shocking many Japanese people.
It came to light that during a past performance, (he) used language that mocked a tragic fact of history,” Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto told reporters.
“The organising committee has decided to relieve Kobayashi of his post,” she added.
In the sketch, Kobayashi and a comedy partner pretend to be a pair of famous children’s TV entertainers.
Kobayashi apologized in a statement, describing the comedy as having “very inappropriate” lines.
“It was from a moment when I wasn’t getting the chuckles I wanted, and I guess I was attempting to attract attention in a shallow way.”
Kobayashi, a well-known character in Japanese theater, is the most recent member of the opening ceremony team to be booted out.
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