Opening Ceremonies Organizer Kentaro Kobayashi Fired For Making Holocaust Joke

According to a report from AP News, Tokyo 2020 opening ceremonies director Kentaro Kobayashi has been fired from his role due to a newly-resurfaced joke about the Holocaust that he made during a comedy show in 1998. Kobayashi reportedly incorporated the words “let’s play Holocaust” into his act which has been deemed unacceptable by Tokyo 2020 leaders.

Kobayashi spoke on the matter, according to CNN News, and offered the following remarks:

“Indeed, as pointed out, in the video software that was released in 1998 to introduce young comedians, a skit script I wrote contained an extremely inappropriate expression.”

“I understand that my foolish choice of words at the time was a mistake, and I regret it.”

The President of the Olympic committee Seiko Hashimoto discussed the matter, saying “we found out that Mr. Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy. We deeply apologize for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country.”

The opening ceremonies are set to take place on Friday, July 23 beginning at 8 pm local time in Japan.

Kobayashi’s dismissal is the latest in a number of similar occurrences over the past few months affecting high-ups with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. The aforementioned Olympic committee President Seiko Hashimoto actually stepped into her role in February 2021 after former Olympic chief Yoshiro Mori resigned.

Mori was pressured to resign after making a number of sexist remarks including “when you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying” and “women are competitive. When one person raises a hand, others think they need to speak up as well. That’s why everyone speaks.”

More recently, Olympic ceremony composer Keigo Oyamada resigned from his post earlier this month after admitting that he used to bully classmates with disabilities. His past bullying came to light due to 2 resurfaced interviews that he gave in 1994 and 1995 where he admitted that he would bully his classmates ‘without any remorse.’

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BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Frying seems a bit extreme.

Emg1986
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Beat me to it.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Emg1986
1 month ago

Keyser Soze

Anonymoose
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

An eye for an eye

loyal
1 month ago

fried?

Tomek
Reply to  loyal
1 month ago

Read the article title 🙂 I agree this is extreme, he used extremely poor judgment but he was young and stupid plus this happened 23 years ago…Using similar standard most of SwimSwam users would be “fried” from the jobs for saying something stupid in the past

Last edited 1 month ago by Tomek
Sun Yangs Hammer
1 month ago

Not even broiled. Brutal

Redhawk
1 month ago

All of these events happened before 2000. Does cancel culture not allow people to improve, change their thoughts and actions, and grow into a better person? I’m not the same person I was a year ago much less 5-10!

Ger
Reply to  Redhawk
1 month ago

No, the world has gone insane and it’s getting progressively worse.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

The aspect that has gone insane is reliance on lies as truth, and on divisiveness as prized. I don’t have a Holocaust joke in my background. I’ve never told 35,000 lies as a national leader. I’ve never said Hitler did some good things. I’ve never recommended injecting bleach. More than amusing that the demographic who rants against participation trophies somehow doesn’t want to participate in a truthful recap of its actions or words.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

Move on, been 6 months and the man is still living rent free in your head to the point where you take a cancel culture question and tie it back to #45 making no sense all the while.

dresselgoat
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

These people are so far gone it’s actually impressive.

Scotty P
Reply to  Redhawk
1 month ago

Agreed.

I wonder how many people who jump aboard the cancel culture finger pointing would have some social media skeletons we could dig up from 10 years ago?

Redhawk
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

Everyone’s got skeletons in the closet.

Scotty P
Reply to  Redhawk
1 month ago

100%

dddddddd
Reply to  Redhawk
1 month ago

no

John
1 month ago

So fried he doesn’t even warrant the infamous swimswam article cover photo

DATO
1 month ago

Here for the fried jokes only lol

Lead by Example
1 month ago

Japan is doing everything to increase liability to tap into their significant insurance positions. The games will be a write-off and they intend to remedy any and all losses possible.

eagleswim
1 month ago

Japan acting like we all forgot they were on the same team as the nazis. If there’s no statute of limitations on canceling, maybe we should take a look at nanking.

Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
Reply to  eagleswim
1 month ago

Japan was let off after wwii for global atrocities: China massacres, Philippines, Korean comfort women, not prosecuting many and untouching the emporer. And now there is a revisionist history here about it all. Unlike Germany, nothing is taught in Japan about the truth and aggressions have been revised in books to “incidents”, avoiding any ownership.

But when a comedian makes a joke 20 years ago about another country, WHOA MAN…… we gotta act concerned!! Sheesh. This place doesn’t care about anything except optics.

Like covid safety posturing to the outside world with little being done inside Japan, welcome to the land of the rising hypocrisy

dresselgoat
Reply to  eagleswim
1 month ago

or Unit 731