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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:24 AM

Tokyo Olympics Fires Ceremony Director Over 1998 Holocaust Joke

Tokyo Olympics Fires Ceremony Director Over 1998 Holocaust Joke

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/tokyo-olympics-fires-ceremony-director-over-1998-holocaust-joke/ar-AAMqdiD?ocid=msedgntp

(Bloomberg) -- The Tokyo Olympics faced the latest in a series of PR disasters when they were forced to fire the director of the opening ceremony a day before it takes place, after a decades-old video emerged of him joking about the Holocaust.

“We have discovered that Kentaro Kobayashi in the past made fun of a painful part of history, so he has today been removed from his post,” Olympics chief Seiko Hashimoto told reporters Thursday. “We apologize deeply for the trouble and worry caused.”

A video shared on social media showed Kobayashi, when he was working as a comedian years ago, joking about the Holocaust as part of a skit. The Mainichi newspaper said the video dated to 1998. The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a statement condemning his remarks as “malicious.”

“Any association of this person to the Tokyo Olympics would insult the memory of six million Jews,” it cited the center’s Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper as saying.

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Demovictory9 Thursday OP
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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 01:56 AM

1. Too soon?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 07:23 AM

2. 23 years ago?

Other comedians have joked about the Holocaust, so I assume his joke was REALLY bad if it warrants termination 23 years later. I can’t find an English version or transcript of the joke, though.

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Fri Jul 23, 2021, 02:56 PM

3. more details about "the joke"

The decision comes just a day before the Olympics opening ceremony was to be held for the delayed games. In the skit, Kobayashi joked about “massacring Jews” while miming the act of cutting up human figures made of paper.

https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Olympics-Opening-Ceremony-Creative-Director-Fired-16332152.php

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