By Lisa Haven
New York’s Public Theater at their Free Shakespeare in the Park play, aired a production called “Julius Caesar.” In this play, however, they changed the main character to President Trump.
The original Julius Caesar play portrays the story of the leader being assassinated by the RomanSenate over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, however, this “new version” depicts lookalikes of President Trump and the first lady, Melania, who take the role of Caesar and his wife. In the end, Donald Trump is stabbed to death by minority groups.
But the great news is two companies, Delta Airlines and Bank of America, who donated annually to the New York Public Theater have pulled their funding as a result of this play.
Delta Airlines, who donates 100,000-499,000 a year made the following 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.”
A Bank of America spokesperson also responded similarly:
“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.”
In the video below I show the actual footage from the play…
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XThe Public Theater stands completely behind our production of JULIUS CAESAR. We understand and respect the right of our sponsors and supporters to allocate their funding in line with their own values. We recognize that our interpretation of the play has provoked heated discussion; audiences, sponsors and supporters have expressed varying viewpoints and opinions. Such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy. Our production of JULIUS CAESAR in no way advocates violence towards anyone. Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save. For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s play has told this story and we are proud to be telling it again in Central Park.
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