Olympics opening ceremony director sacked for Holocaust joke

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one day before the event is due to be held. Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he appears to be making jokes about the Holocaust. Japan’s Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed ‘painful facts of history.’ The dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games. … This latest scandal has seen former comedian Mr Kobayashi strongly criticised for a sketch he performed 23 years ago, in which he and another comedian pretend to be children’s entertainers. In the sketch Mr Kobayashi turns to his colleague, referring to some paper dolls, saying they are ‘the ones from that time you said ‘let’s play the Holocaust,” according to AFP news agency.” (07/22/21)