Show director for Tokyo 2021 opening ceremony Kentaro Kobayashi was fired for jokes during a decades-old comic skit referencing the Holocaust, organizers claim, and re-emerged on the very eve. of the inauguration of these Games.
The coordinator of Tokyo 2021 Seiko Hashimoto told reporters. "It came to light that during a past performance. Kobayashi used a language that mocked a tragic fact of history. The organizing committee has decided to relieve Kobayashi from his post."
Kobayashi and a comedic partner pretend to be a pair of famous children's television entertainers. While brainstorming on an activity involving paper, Kobayashi refers to some paper doll cuttings, describing them as those of the time you said 'let's play the Holocaust, sparking the laughter of the audience.
The couple then joked about how a TV producer was angry at the suggestion of a Holocaust business. The scene shocked some in Japan. "It is inevitable that they will face an avalanche of criticism," wrote one online viewer, though others questioned the reaction to a more than two-decade-old sketch.
In a statement, Kobayashi apologized. “In a video that was released in 1998 to introduce young comedians… a skit I wrote contained extremely inadequate lines,” he said. "It was a time when I wasn't able to get laughs the way I wanted, and I was trying to get people's attention in a superficial way."
Kobayashi, a well-known figure in theater in Japan, is the latest member of the opening ceremony team to leave in disgrace. On Monday, a composer resigned for the ceremony following a protest over old interviews in which he described the abuse of disabled schoolmates.
Italy is champion of Europe!
Robero Mancini's national team beat England after 4-3 penalties. Saka's mistake was decisive. In the 120 'match ended at 1-1: start launched for the Southgate team who took the lead after 2' with Shaw.
Italy suffers but in the second half dominates and finds equal in the 67th minute with a paw from Bonucci. Then the epilogue from eleven meters with the decisive save from Donnarumma. Italy has scored 13 goals in this tournament, a record for the Azzurri in a single edition between the European and the World Cup.
With 34 years and 71 days, Leonardo Bonucci became the oldest scorer in a European final (overtaking Bernd Hölzenbein, with Germany in 1976 at 30 years and 103 days). Then the party and the (controlled and corrected) delirium in the streets of Rome, where the European champion national team is celebrating on the open bus between two wings of the crowd.
With the Azzurri there is also the Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini. Giorgio Chiellini during the Quirinale ceremony, said: "Our dedication is for Davide Astori, whom we would have liked here with us. Davide is always present in our thoughts, in the hearts of those who knew him and in that of the young people who have England? We have never lost heart, putting the good of the collective before the individual.
Only through teamwork was it possible to achieve such a prestigious result. If we are here today it is not for an extra penalty, but because we shared one of the most beautiful feelings there is: friendship. Millions of fans have never made us feel alone, accompanying us with passion on this exciting journey.
Mattarella's presence was also an important gesture, I thank him to name of the team. Matteo Berrettini, first Italian in history finalist at Wimbledon? You made us enthusiastic, we cheered for you as if you were our teammate.
Now don't stop dreaming because behind you there are millions of Italians. This bond made us feel like brothers of Italy, ready to do anything to answer the call of the country we love. " Italy manager Roberto Mancini said: "We are proud to be here.
In London, Monaco, Florence and Rome the Italians made us feel how strong the love for the national team is. We had a festive evening in which the country is finally back to huddle together. We are proud to have given moments of happiness, writing one of the most beautiful pages in the history of football.
This is the demonstration that when you believe in something, you can fulfill even a seemingly impossible dream. Matteo Berrettini? I want to congratulate him, we have suffered and rejoiced with him. I am sure he will return to Wimbledon and he will win too."