For those who know Shakespeare, you know it never ends well for title characters.
Bank of America and Delta Airlines yanked their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday due to a production of “Julius Caesar” that reimagines the main character as President Trump, according to an article by Kate Feldman in the New York Daily News.
From the article:
The Shakespeare in the Park play tells the story of the leader assassinated by Roman senators over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, but rather than the original setting, the production stages Caesar (Gregg Henry) and his wife, Calpurnia, (Tina Benko) with Donald and Melania Trump lookalikes.
The recreation has drawn ire from those who say the show promotes violence against the President. Those critics include the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
Bank of America provided the following comment to Feldman:
“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” a spokeswoman told the 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.”
The news comes amid an already hyper-aware market of this type of content against the president.
Comedian Kathy Griffin recently received national attention for holding a mask that looked like President Donald Trump’s bloody severed head. The Washington Post has the in-depth story on it here.
Griffin also had sponsorship and events canceled due to her widely unaccepted stunt.
The Chief Content Officer for the Independent Review Journal tweeted the following on the various stunts that have come out in the first 129 days of the Trump Presidency.
Democrats should perhaps focus on the deplorable in their own party. pic.twitter.com/gGJVFxRb7X— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 31, 2017