Sponsors Pulling Out After NYC Theater Features On-Stage “Trump” Stabbing
Bank of America has followed in the footsteps of Delta Airlines in pulling their sponsorship for New York City’s Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park after it was learned that one of the characters, who gets brutally stabbed, was presumably made to look like President Donald Trump.
The play, Julius Caesar, features an out of control, tyrannical dictator whose life is ended by his “friends” in the Roman Senate.
According to The Public Theater’s rendition, Caesar was played by an actor who was made to look like Donald Trump, and who attempted to imitate the mannerisms of the president.
His wife was played by an actress who was made to look like Melania Trump, and who was speaking throughout the play with a Slavic accent.
The finale of the play has the Trump-look-alike brutally and graphically stabbed by a crowd of angry minorities and women.
Bank of America had an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater, but a spokesman for the bank told the New York Daily News,
“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.”
Bank of America’s withdrawal follows a similar decision from Delta Airlines, who ended their sponsorship of The Public Theater.
A spokesperson for the airline issued a statement that read, in part,
“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 NYC Public Theater is the same organization that produced the Broadway musical, Hamilton, where a cast member took the opportunity, after a performance, to lecture Vice President Mike Pence about racism in America, and to voice concerns that the Trump administration would not protect minorities, children, or even the planet.
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon gave an unscripted speech in which he said,
“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights… We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
Source: The New York Daily News
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