Olympics opening ceremony director fired over Holocaust joke

Japan’s Olympic chief, Seiko Hashimoto, said that the video ridiculed “painful facts of history”.

Olympics opening ceremony director fired over Holocaust joke

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The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi, has been dismissed only one day before the event is due to be held.

Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently surfaced where he appears to be making jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan’s Olympic chief, Seiko Hashimoto, said that the video ridiculed “painful facts of history”.

This dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals that have hit the Games. It comes only a day after a composer quit the team creating the ceremony after it emerged that he had bullied disabled classmates at school.

In March, creative chief, Hiroshi Sasaki, quit after suggesting that plus-size comedian, Naomi Watanabe, could appear as an “Olympig”. He later apologized.

In February, Yoshiro Mori was forced to step down as head of the organizing committee after he made remarks about women that were seen as “inappropriate”. Mr. Mori was quoted as saying women talked too much and that meetings with many female board directors would “take a lot of time”.

These scandals have done little to stop the rising unease concerning the Olympics, with a poll showing that about 55% of people in Japan were opposed to holding the Games due to fears of it becoming a super-spreader event.

Especially since Covid-19 case numbers are rising among both athletes and officials with about 91 people accredited for the Games having tested positive.

But Tokyo 2020 is now under way with Japan winning their softball match on Wednesday and the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday.

Sources: BBC, MSN

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