Are we concerned with the past? At the moment it seems to be a reality. The final blow against them Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 it just happens a day before the official start. The organizers fired the head of the opening ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashibecause he made a joke about the Holocaust in his role as a comedian in 1998.
The organizing committee made the decision shortly after the video was released early Thursday morning (Japanese time). The audiovisual film shows Kobayashi and another actor posing as famous child comedians from the Asian country. In one scene, the former actor describes some paper dolls as “the ones you said last time: ‘Let’s play the Holocaust!’ “which caused laughter from the audience. Also, the comedians added that such a reference to the Holocaust would upset the television producer. Recall that about 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in genocide.
The President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, apologized for any insults and distress the incident may have caused to Olympians, as well as to the citizens of Japan and people around the world. He also pointed out that they were unaware of Kobayashi’s previous actions.
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The former comedian apologized with a statement in which he admits that he was “extremely reckless”. “I want to apologize to those who were offended. I apologize for any offense I may have caused.
The video sparked so much controversy that Japan’s Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama reported to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, condemning Kobayashi’s behavior and calling the joke anti-Semitic.
“Everyone, no matter how creative they are, has no right to make fun of the victims of the Nazi genocide. The Nazi regime also gassed Germans with disabilities. Any association of this person with the Tokyo Olympics would offend the memory of 6 million Jews and cruelly mock the Paralympic Games, ”said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who is affiliated with the center, in a statement.
In accordance with The Japan Times, this new scandal is adding to the lack of enthusiasm for the Games that is already in the public eye and concerns about the risks posed by COVID-19.
The 48-year-old former comedian was informed of his release on Thursday morning. His dismissal follows that of the musician Keigo oyamadaafter admitting molesting and molesting peers with disabilities. The composition of Oyamada that would begin the ceremony has already been eliminated.
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The committee is reviewing how to run the event as Kobayashi was responsible for overseeing the schedule for the opening ceremony and that the scandal did not overshadow the concept and message of the show.
The president said she hopes the Olympics will serve as a symbol of recovery, diversity and harmony, adding that she hopes it will be a success.
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