Olympics 2021: the artistic director of the opening ceremony ousted for a joke on the Holocaust

New controversy at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games with the sidelining of the artistic director of the opening ceremony, scheduled for Friday, after the exhumation of one of his jokes on the Holocaust.

After the director of the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympics, fired for grossophobic remarks, after Cornelius, composer of the opening ceremony, who resigned, after the revelation of his past as a stalker, it is the director’s turn Opening ceremony artist, Kentaro Kobayashi, to take the door.

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The 48-year-old former actor is fired after the exhumation of a 1998 video in which he mocks the Holocaust, using the massacre as the basis of his show and in particular this phrase “let’s play the Holocaust”. Kobayashi also made fun of people with disabilities.

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“We learned that in a past artistic performance,” Kentaro Kobayashi “used mocking language about a tragic historical fact,” Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto told reporters. “The organizing committee has decided to remove Mr. Kobayashi from his post,” she added.

A new blow for the event on the eve of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, much criticized by a large part of the Japanese population. All events will be held behind closed doors, including the ceremony in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

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