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Olympic opening ceremony director fired for past Holocaust joke | CBC News


Jul 22, 2021

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday due to a Holocaust joke he made throughout a comedy present in 1998.

Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto stated opening ceremony director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of utilizing a joke in regards to the Holocaust in his comedy act, together with the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust,” in certainly one of his reveals.

His dismissal comes the day earlier than Friday’s opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games.

Earlier this week, a composer whose music is predicted for use on the opening ceremony was pressured to resign due to previous bullying of his classmates, which he boasted about in journal interviews.


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