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Report: Delta, Bank Of America Pull Sponsorship Of NYC Theater Over ‘Trump’ Assassination Play

New York City’s Public Theater has reportedly lost two sponsorships, one from Delta Air Lines and another from Bank of America.

The sponsors pulled out after a Shakespeare In The Park production of Julius Caesar, a “contemporary” take on the classic play, which depicted an apparently Donald Trump-inspired main character who is graphically stabbed to death on stage.

“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in a way that was intended to provoke and offend. Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it,” a spokesperson told New York Daily News.

“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,” a Delta Airlines spokesperson said.

“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.”

Breitbart previously reported the Oskar Eustis-directed play had sparked controversy as its main character had a striking resemblance to the President. The character wears a business suit and tie, has blonde slicked back hair and his wife sports a Slavic accent.

Other sponsors of the New York City’s Public Theater include The New York Times and American Express.

The New York Times has come out in support of the play, naturally, and tries to give a different perspective.

“Its depiction of a petulant, blondish Caesar in a blue suit, complete with gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife, takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level,” the ‘review‘ says of the play.

“Even a cursory reading of the play, the kind that many American teenagers give it in high school, is enough to show that it does not advocate assassination. Shakespeare portrays the killing of Caesar by seven of his fellow senators as an unmitigated disaster for Rome, no matter how patriotic the intentions.”

On The Public Theater’s website the director, Oskar Eustis said the production should not be taken literally, although he does sound quite politically motivated.

“Julius Caesar can be read as a warning parable to those who try to fight for democracy by undemocratic means,” said Eustis. “To fight the tyrant does not mean imitating him.”

Sources:
Breitbart
New York Daily News
The New York Times
Deadline Hollywood

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. EyeVey

    June 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

    So in addition to The NY Times lack of credible reporting, they’re supporting Trump Trolling.
    This is yet one additional reason why they’re not taken seriously.
    They’ve marginalized themselves. ????

  2. annabeee

    June 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    On the bright side, looks like the New York Times will never regain credibility ever.

  3. Dante Alighieri

    June 12, 2017 at 10:43 am

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4aaaf9f38b86a7184641fd6d2b60ab38437a0df6054950d7e69c896b304de8.jpg Mommy, they were being mean to me.

    Republicans have become feminized. I hate to break it to but you’ve become Democrats.
    Boo-hoo, Mama, them lib’tards done gone hurtin’ ma feelins’

    Grow the fuck up. You’re not kids anymore.

    • Christopher Harding

      June 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I suppose you think of yourself as a centrist?
      Dosn’t really matter because at some point you will complain about something. its also opinion based on what people complain about. they dont care what your opinion is of them standing up for something they belivie is worth complaint.

      • Thor

        June 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        In fairness to the guy he’s not wrong. Speaking as someone looking in from the outside it does seem that Republicans are becoming as reactionary as the Democrats. I don’t think that used to be the case? I get the Republicans must feel like they’re always under attack given how biased media of all types are against them, but still.

        That being said. this guy can also go do one :p I’m not complaining about him, just going to call him a jackass for how he put the message across.

        • Dante Alighieri

          June 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

          sorry, if conservatives can characterize all “lib’tards” as lesbian feminists, i should get some creative latitude

          • Thor

            June 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

            You must associate with some pretty awful people Dante, I can’t recall any seeing any conservative characterize liberals as lesbian muslim feminists online, nor in real life. I’ve seen certain people called terms such as ‘feminazi’, ‘snowflake’, and yes, ‘libtard’, due to their actions and beliefs alone, not as a group.

            But carry on….

      • Dante Alighieri

        June 13, 2017 at 2:59 am

        … Dosn’t really matter because at some point you will complain about something…

        Doesn’t everybody complain about something at some point?.

        .. They don’t care what your opinion about others opinions….

        Welcome to social media. EVERYBODY only cares [ about his own opinions ]…

    • Someone I used to Know

      June 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Delta and Bank of America are under no obligation to support the play, idiot.

      • Dante Alighieri

        June 13, 2017 at 3:09 am

        You’re Right.

    • Ishare

      June 13, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Stop smoking and drugging out your brain. Look how bad it is for you.

      • Dante Alighieri

        June 13, 2017 at 3:08 am

        i need an intervention

        • Ishare

          June 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm

          Self-inflicted brain injury and willful blindness has no cure.

  4. Adrian Valle

    June 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Play looks like Shite

  5. Phelin M'Quirk

    June 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Let’s recall the real history of the assassination of Julius Cæsar. It plunged Rome into civil war, which ended with all of Cæsar’s enemies and rivals dead, and order restored by the establishment of imperial government under Cæsar’s nephew Octavian – better known and Augustus Cæsar.

    Quousque tandem abutere patientia nostra, o New York Times?

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