Tokyo Video games’ opening ceremony director Kantaro Kobayashi is SACKED on the eve of the occasion over Holocaust jokes he made in 1998… days after present’s composer was pressured to resign for admitting to bullying disabled kids throughout his schooldays
Friday’s opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been plunged into additional chaos following the dismissal of its present director.
Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto confirmed to media that Kantaro Kobayashi has been sacked on the eve of the occasion as a consequence of alleged anti-Semitic jokes he made throughout a comedy routine in 1998.
A clip, which was extensively shared on Japanese social media on Wednesday, confirmed the 48-year-old comic in the course of the TV skit saying the road ‘Let’s play Holocaust’.
Kantaro Kobayashi has been sacked because the Tokyo Video games’ opening ceremony present director over Holocaust jokes he made throughout a comedy skit in 1998
His dismissal comes days after the present’s composer Keigo Oyamada was pressured to resign after footage emerged of interviews wherein he admitted bullying disabled kids throughout his schooldays.
And its government artistic director Hiroshi Sasaki stepped down in March following criticism of his suggestion that plus-size mannequin Naomi Watanabe gown up as a pig in the course of the ceremony.
No followers and fewer than 1,000 VIPs might be current within the 68,000 capability Tokyo Olympic Stadium, with a string of heads of main firms akin to Toyota and Panasonic saying publicly that they’d withdraw, citing issues over the general public’s notion of the Video games.
Japanese media have reported that Emperor Naruhito might be current on the ceremony, however will pointedly chorus from utilizing the phrase ‘have fun’.
Solely round 30 of greater than 200 Group GB athletes who’re at the moment in Tokyo are anticipated to march on the ceremony, with many citing coronavirus issues.
Kobayashi’s dismissal comes simply 24 hours earlier than the opening ceremony begins in Tokyo