Sponsors Pull their Sponsorship Over Onstage ‘Trump’ Stabbing
Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled out of sponsoring the New York City’s Public Theater following a string of criticism that have surrounded a Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, a “contemporary” take on the classic play which portrays the assassinated Roman leader as President Donald Trump.
The contemporary staging of the Shakespeare’s play by the New York City’s Public Theater has sparked controversy because of the striking resemblance its lead actor shares with President Donald Trump. The lead actor of the Oskar Eustis-directed production sports blonde, slicked-back hair and a business suit and tie, just like the American president. His wife Calpurnia also speaks with a Slovenian accent, similar to that of Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States of America.
The Trump-like Ceaser was stabbed to death by former associates in the climax of the play.
“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 with 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.
Meanwhile, Bank of America said it was withdrawing from the sponsorship of the play alone, and not the theatre. A spokeswoman, Susan Atran, said: “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. We are withdrawing our funding for this production.”
It would be recalled that the Public Theater said the play had “never felt more contemporary” when announcing the production earlier in the year at New York’s Central Park. The Public Theater also described the Roman leader as “magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power”.
The controversial play opened last month and it is expected to run until the 18th of June. This is the first time in many years the play has been staged at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
POST YOUR COMMENTS BELOW.
LIKE AND SHARE THIS PAGE
Why in the Zuck does Mark Zuckerberg keep Zucking with us? What the Zuck?????
Facebook’s campaign against Diamond and Silk continues.
The pro-Trump duo are featured in a movie to be released in October and presented by The American Mirror, titled “Dummycrats.”
Check out our Video, Audio and Pictures from the Pocono Raceway "NASCAR."
Two very prominent black pastors in the D.C. area, William Lamar and Delman Coates have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association.
California Rep. Adam Schiff has labeled the rumored meeting between fellow Washington Democrats and officials from Ukraine “inappropriate”.
Jesse Watters had a quite busy weekend as he engaged an anti-fascism protester in a debate as the group is calling for violence against the “Trump administration”.
A report released by the Senate on Thursday revealed that the Donald Trump administration has had to deal with one media leak per day since assuming office.
Diamond and Silk does not profess to be expert staticians, but common sense tells us that we need to take a closer look at the current CBO projections in the midst of all the healthcare bill bashing that we are seeing from pundits who just like leaning on nice negative sound bites!!
President Donald Trump met with Enrique Peña Nieto, his counterpart from Mexico on Friday. The duo met at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany and President Trump said he "absolutely" wanted Mexico to pay for a massive wall along the US-Mexico border.
Activists are calling for a rehire of a college instructor relieved of her duties last month after she was accused of making racially insensitive remarks during an interview with FOX News.