Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust joke – BBC News

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one day before the event is due to be held.

Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he seems to be making jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan’s Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed “painful facts of history”.

The dismissal comes days after a composer quit the team creating the ceremony after it emerged he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school.

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BBC Fakenews July 22, 2021 - 2:26 PM

Boycott the woke Olympic cheats.

stoufer2000 July 22, 2021 - 2:27 PM

'anti semitism' has been reduced to a meaningless smear by the true fascists.

Suman Sebastian July 22, 2021 - 2:28 PM

Waiting for the apologists to call everyone sensitive or whatever.

SJIM株式会社SUN RISE July 22, 2021 - 2:28 PM

Japanese comment

「I hate Olympic….」

Awais Ali July 22, 2021 - 2:29 PM

Why was he hired in first place. The person who hired him should also be fired because he did not perform proper background checks

アメリカは正しかった July 22, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Japan was an ally of nazi Germany. And they don't feel shame about what they did in WW2. We should not forget it

Fenasi Kerim July 22, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Freedom of Expression?

Hollins23 July 22, 2021 - 2:30 PM

What a terrible way to wrap up the news segment! Is this funny to you?

James Smith July 22, 2021 - 2:31 PM

Goldman Sachs are a bit keen with the comment delete button today..

Al De Niro July 22, 2021 - 2:31 PM

Cancel culture is real.

G P July 22, 2021 - 2:31 PM

Breaking: All of Japan fired over Anti American Statements made as recently as 1942

James Smith July 22, 2021 - 2:32 PM

This must be the "white Privilege" we keep hearing about…

Hologas Supplier July 22, 2021 - 2:32 PM

To find out who rules you, simply find out who you cannot criticize.

jiggly booboo July 22, 2021 - 2:32 PM

Sigh 🙁 humanity is awful.

Etc Etc July 22, 2021 - 2:32 PM

What a surprise Japanese being Japanese.

TR0X3N July 22, 2021 - 2:33 PM

Jokes are jokes not political statements
No matter how off brand or distasteful they are.

Kyle Robinson July 22, 2021 - 2:33 PM

Its a joke, shouldn't have taken it seriously.

boolie V July 22, 2021 - 2:34 PM

It took them time to realised…

Last Chang July 22, 2021 - 2:34 PM

The world must make sure Chinese🇨🇳 Xi Jinping, the mastermind of the Uyghur genocide,
– won't get away with THIS crime

Charles Dickens July 22, 2021 - 2:34 PM

We have tumbled into a frightful new era, a society grounded in a rigid neo-Puritanism of political correctness, whereby one is ostracized for jokes, banished for banter, exiled for wisecracks and quips: anything that veers outside the bounds set in place by the stiff, starched, ruff-necked priests of acceptable speech. Worryingly Orwellian.

Bangs Cutter July 22, 2021 - 2:34 PM

Japan since it is such a homogeneous conservative society, is quite sexist and racist. It is a very patriarchal society with xenophobic tendencies towards non-Japanese. All these start to spill open due to the international attention from hosting the Olympics.

jiggly booboo July 22, 2021 - 2:34 PM

Even though I despise Zionism like BBC cronies I don't hate the Jews and i'm an American right winger. You see they have you calling us Nazis but my grandaddy fought in WW2 to help the Jewish.

Mr Green July 22, 2021 - 2:35 PM

Mada fana went back to 1998 to cancel this guy

Frequency Spectrum July 22, 2021 - 2:36 PM

Well….lets hear it…..

Pub Comrad July 22, 2021 - 2:36 PM

Chinese🇨🇳 officials said stupid things all the times,
– they never held to account.

nemeczek67 July 22, 2021 - 2:36 PM

The war consumed 50+ million people and for some reason only 10% are to be remembered. Or else.

fact checker official July 22, 2021 - 2:36 PM

you should never joke about jews cause of what happened to them and all that. you shouldnt joke about anything really cause it might hurt some ones feelings somewhere. same with opinions. you shouldnt have one unless it has been fact checked or verified by certified authority of all things allowed. i love you bb

Bobby Smith July 22, 2021 - 2:37 PM

You can question or joke about –
The Turkey – Armenia genocide
Bantu – Capoid
The Holodomor
Rwanda
Native Indian genocide
Aborigine genocide

But there’s one you can’t joke about or question without fear of cancellation or jail.
Seems PERFECTLY normal.

Devin Robinson X July 22, 2021 - 2:37 PM

23 years ago?! Damn

Arabic Reja July 22, 2021 - 2:38 PM

Why do many Chinese🇨🇳 try to look like a Japanese?

osakaboyz July 22, 2021 - 2:39 PM

In WW2, Japan challenged to free Asian countries and the challenge was killed by atomic bomb 🥺

nuqwestr July 22, 2021 - 2:39 PM

I'm a Litvak Jew, my uncles all fought in WWII. I am not offended by this joke, and even if I were, it is not grounds for cancellation. If we hold all artists to this ridiculous standard, we will be diminished as a civilization. This is not progress.

In the sketch, Kobayashi and a comedy partner pretend to be a pair of famous children’s TV entertainers.

As they brainstorm an activity involving paper, Kobayashi refers to some paper doll cutouts, describing them as “the ones from that time you said ‘let’s play the Holocaust”, sparking laughter from the audience.
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The pair then joke about how a television producer was angered by the suggestion of a Holocaust activity.

dnband July 22, 2021 - 2:40 PM

Many Japanese people say that this Olympics is cursed.

The word "curse" in this case, in other words, is used in a paranormal sense, or with the nuance of "bad luck.

In other words, most Japanese people
He said, "It happened not because of man-made disasters, social problems, or non-human rights risks, but because of bad luck."

And the rest of the Japanese resent those views.

日本人の多くが「今回のオリンピックは呪われている」と言います。

この場合の「呪い」とはつまり、超常的な意味、あるいは「運が悪い」というニュアンスで使われる言葉です。

つまり、日本人の多くは
「人災や社会問題、あるいは非人権的なリスクではなく、不運によって起きた」と発言しています。

そして、残りの日本人たちは、そうした見解に憤りを感じています。

James Smith July 22, 2021 - 2:40 PM

109

GY G July 22, 2021 - 2:40 PM

well Japan was sided with the Nazis during the world war 2 r8 ?

Tavuzzi Pust July 22, 2021 - 2:41 PM

Worse than 1984.

Infernal460 July 22, 2021 - 2:42 PM

Past jokes…

Not current.

Michael Fay July 22, 2021 - 2:43 PM

Support the Chinese police…bash yourself or disappear. That’s a joke BBC delete it if you like.

Yusuf isme July 22, 2021 - 2:43 PM

Cancel culture at its finest

Michael Doran July 22, 2021 - 2:44 PM

It's just one of those things you don't joke about.

Samurai X July 22, 2021 - 2:44 PM

What happened to 'A Japan that Can Say No'?

Levi Bull July 22, 2021 - 2:45 PM

Japan makes joke about holocaust: "how dare you"
China recreating the holocaust: imma pretend I didnt see that

stoufer2000 July 22, 2021 - 2:47 PM

BBC needs to start thinking about atheists as well. Some of us have to live here.

Rozonii Chao July 22, 2021 - 2:47 PM

One wonders if that's the case then why he have been appointed from the first place.

Daniel Vare July 22, 2021 - 2:48 PM

they are much bigger genocide in the recent history than Holocaust, they just magnified it too much.