Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony brutality… Director fired over ‘Holocaust’ gag controversy

Japanese comedian Kentaro Kobayashi. He served as the show director for the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. In the photo, Kobayashi appeared on a poster inviting him to audition saying, ‘Would you like to appear at the Paralympic opening ceremony?’

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee has fired comedian Kentaro Kobayashi, 48, as performance director (show director) just one day before the opening ceremony. This is because it was later revealed that the Nazi genocide was a gag material 23 years ago, and a Jewish human rights group in the United States even issued a critical statement.

Famous musician Keigo Oyamada, who was in charge of the music for the opening ceremony, resigned on the 19th due to the atrocities of school violence that he committed during his school days decades ago (View related articles), the members of the creative team at the opening ceremony resigned just a few days before the opening ceremony. The value of the Tokyo Olympics, which was based on ‘diversity and harmony’ as the ideology, was seriously damaged in that both resigned due to past anti-human rights behavior.

Kyodo News reported that Kobayashi, who was in charge of directing the performance of the opening ceremony on the 22nd, was dismissed, an official from the organizing committee said. This seems to be because a video of him making a gag about the Holocaust in the past quickly spread on Twitter and received criticism. The video in question is a scene from a video released in May 1998, when Kobayashi was in the early days of forming the two-member gag duo ‘Ramenz’.

A short video containing a scene from a video released in May 1998, when Kentaro Kobayashi was active as a two-member gag duo “Ramens,” is spreading on Twitter, claiming that he mocked the Holocaust. Twitter Capture

video(direct view) is a part of a contest that proceeds with the setting that two people discuss how to create a program When one person suggested, “How about making a baseball field made of letters?” the other person replied, “Isn’t that okay? Shall we try? Because there are a lot of papers cut in the shape of people like this.” Then the other person said, “Really? Oh, when I said ‘Let’s play that genocide game (ごッコ)’,” he said in a caricature of the Holocaust. Although it was 23 years ago, critics have been criticized that there is a problem in comparing the Holocaust, a tragedy of mankind, to ‘play’ and using it as a gag material.

On the 21st (local time), the American Jewish human rights group ‘Simon Wigent Center’ released a statement criticizing Kentaro Kobayashi’s past comedy as anti-Semitic in relation to the video. Simon Wigent Center website capture

On the 21st (local time), the American Jewish human rights group, Simon Wigental Center, released a statement criticizing Kobayashi in relation to the video. “Kobayashi made malicious and anti-Semitic jokes such as ‘Let’s play the Holocaust’,” the statement said. “No matter how creative a person is, he has no right to laugh at victims of the Nazi genocide,” he said.

Jinju Choi correspondent

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