The organizers of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics dismissed the director of the opening ceremony 24 hours before the event began. The latest setback in this event is already controversial in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials announced Thursday that they had fired comedian Kentaro Kobayashi after an anti-Semitic joke about the Holocaust recently resurfaced.
It is unclear how the departure of Kobo Bridge will affect the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony will officially open the Olympic Games in Tokyo at 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Friday.
“We are currently discussing how to handle the ceremony,” said Seiko Hashimoto, chairman of the Organizing Committee.
by NBC News, Kobayashi’s 1998 joke contained the phrase “Let’s play the Holocaust.” This law has recently resurfaced in the Japanese media.
“I found out that Mr. Kobayashi used words to mock historical tragedy in his acting,” said Mr. Hashimoto.
by NPRKobayashi’s resignation comes after the last-minute resignation of the ceremony composer, Keigo Oyamada. Recently, an interview he conducted in the 1990s resurfaced, boasting that he was bullying people with disabilities.
The controversy is just the latest setback in the 2021 game, which has already faced many challenges never seen before in the history of the Olympic Games.
According to Johns Hopkins, COVID-19 cases are currently increasing in Japan, and more people are infected each day than when authorities demanded a one-year postponement of the 2020 Games. And while the death toll is declining, Japan’s vaccine distribution program is lagging behind. Other countries — As of Thursday, only 23% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.
The 2021 competition will be held in Tokyo under a state of emergency and spectators will not be able to enter the venue. Some of them were specially built to host the Olympics.
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