Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Fired Over Holocaust Joke In 1998 Comedy Act


by Deadline

Deadline— A day before the Opening Ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, the show’s director has been fired over a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy routine 23 years ago. Kentaro Kobayashi has been axed from his post after a clip of his 1998 act surfaced on social media that included the phrase “Let’s play [

Santa Fe New Mexican—The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.. Tokyo has been plagued with scandals since being awarded the Games in 2013.

Newsweek—Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony director abruptly fired for 1998 joke about the Holocaust. "We found out that Mr. Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy," the organizing committee stated.

WTOP—Olympic organizers fire opening ceremony director because of Holocaust joke made in comedy show in 1998. TOKYO (AP) — Olympic organizers fire opening ceremony director because of Holocaust joke made in comedy show in 1998.