Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke


The director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony was fired on Thursday for making a joke about the Holocaust in a 1998 comedy show.

A comedian Kentaro Kobayashi was sacked a day before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games for a skit in which he said “Let’s play the Holocaust.”

Footage of the act began circulating on the Internet earlier on Thursday.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and director of Global Social Action, said, “No one, however creative, has the right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide.” said in a statement to the Japan Times.

Olympic opening ceremony director Kentaro Kobayash (right) was sacked in 1998 over holocaust jokes made years earlier.
Olympic opening ceremony director Kentaro Kobayash (right) was sacked in 1998 over holocaust jokes made years earlier.
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“The Nazi regime also handicapped the Germans. Any association of this man with the Tokyo Olympics would insult the memory of six million Jews and make a cruel mockery of the Paralympics,” Cooper said.

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