GOOD FOR THESE COMPANIES!
Bank of America and Delta have dropped their sponsorship of New York City’s Public Theater after backlash surrounding a contemporary take on “Julius Caesar” which showed an obviously Trump-inspired twist on the main character being graphically stabbed to death on stage.
I don’t believe we’ll see the end of these drops, either. Look what happened to Kathy Griffin, she’s all but lost her career over her Trump-beheading photo a couple of weeks ago.
This may very well mean the beginning of the end for the NYC Public Theater.
As written for Breitbart by Daniel Nussbaum:
Breitbart News previously reported that this summer’s Oskar Eustis-directed production of Julius Caesar — which opened in previews last month in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater — had sparked controversy over its main character’s striking resemblance to President Trump. The character sports blonde, slicked-back hair and a business suit and tie, and his wife Calpurnia speaks with a Slavic accent, similar to that of First Lady Melania Trump.
Video captured at a recent performance shows the Trump-like Caesar character graphically stabbed to death during the climax of the play. One attendee recently told Mediaite that the character’s resemblance to Trump made the assassination scene particularly “shocking and distasteful.”
In the wake of the controversy, Delta Airlines has reportedly cancelled its sponsorship of the Public Theater, which stages the free productions of Shakespeare in the Park.
“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” the company said in a statement Sunday.
“Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of the Public Theater effective immediately,” the statement added.
Other sponsors of the New York City’s Public Theater include American Express, the New York Times and Bank of America.