another fuckin’ jewish stunt, its gotta be

Bank Of America, Delta Pull Out Of “Shakespeare In The Park” Over Trump Assassination Scene
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 12 2017

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled their sponsorship of NYC’s Public Theater, which hosts the popular “Shakespeare in the Park” series, after Donald Trump Jr raised the question of whether its staging of Julius Caesar had crossed the line into political speech by depicting the violent assassination of his father, in a tweet. Unsurprisingly the NYT, another sponsor and ostensibly a politically neutral media organization, is standing by the theater. As a reminder, CNN also called the play “a masterpiece,” and publicly recommended it to others. Trump Jr’s comment followed a report on Fox and Friends about the show, which depicts a Trump look-alike in the role of Julius Caesar being stabbed to death by women and minorities. The show began on May 23, and is set to run through Jun 18 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Not only did the Caesar character resemble Trump, with blond hair and a long red tie; the actress playing his wife Calpurnia used a “Slavic accent” meant to resemble Melania Trump’s. According to the NY Daily News, a company spokesman said in a statement:

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. 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.

Bank of America offered similar reasoning. A spox told the Daily News:

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.

The show did include a warning about the violent nature of the assassination on The Public Theater’s website. And its artistic director, Oskar Eustis, said the production should not be taken literally. Eustis told the Daily News:

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

Eustis had previously told the News that Trump was more than welcome to see his shows, including “Hamilton,” which debuted at The Public Theater in Feb 2015 and moved to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre the following August. He told the News:

He’s the POTUS. I’m not going to say no to the President to see our show.

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