Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Delta, Bank of America pull sponsorship of & Julius Caesar & production over Trump-like portrayal

Get Your Content. Daily.

Be the first to know about the biggest stories as they break. Sign up for breaking news email alerts from Your Content.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc and Bank of America Corp pulled financial support on Sunday for the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in New York over its portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles U.S. President Donald Trump.
The contemporary staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, by the nonprofit Public Theater, portrays Caesar as a powerful, blond-haired man wearing a business suit with an American flag pin, while his wife, Calpurnia, has a Slavic accent and dresses in designer fashions.
Shakespeare’s play focuses on the fatal stabbing of Caesar by former associates, and the subsequent fate of democratic institutions.
Delta said in a statement on Sunday that the Public Theater’s “artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste” and that it was ending its four-year run as official airline of the Public Theater.
Bank of America, which has sponsored Shakespeare in the Park for 11 years, is withdrawing funding for “Julius Caesar,” a bank spokeswoman said. The bank did not address whether it would keep supporting other Shakespeare in the Park productions.
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 spokeswoman added.
The Public Theater and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
In announcing the production in Manhattan’s Central Park earlier this year, the Public Theater said the play had “never felt more contemporary,” and described the Roman leader as “magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power.”
The New York Times review on Friday said the “depiction of a petulant, blondish Caesar in a blue suit, complete with gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife, takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level.”
New York’s Daily News said the production “imagines the Roman ruler as a blond, swaggering, egotist who’s a dead ringer for the current occupant of the Oval Office. And he gets murdered for his hubris and hunger for power.”
The production, which opened May 23 in previews and runs through June 18 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, has its defenders. Author Joyce Carol Oates wrote on Twitter on Sunday that “Delta should not be interfering in a theater’s presentations” and urged theater supporters not to patronize the airline.
 
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Peter Cooney)

- Advertisement -

Protect Independent Journalism

Your Content is a nonprofit newsroom registered in Pennsylvania [Entity No.: 6690403] that produces nonpartisan, evidence-based journalism to expose injustice, corruption and wrongdoing.

Spearheading the news revolution for Americans across the nation, Your Content has brought a voice to those the media failed to acknowledge.

This story you’ve just finished was funded by our readers and we hope it inspires you to make a gift to Your Content so that we can publish more reports like this one that holds people in power to account and produces real change.

Your donation will help us ensure that we can continue this critical work. We are busier than ever covering stories you won’t see anywhere else.

USA
29,315,639
confirmed cases
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
united states
527,386
deaths
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
united states
8,970,721
active
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
united states
19,817,532
recovered
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
World
115,103,379
confirmed cases
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
world
2,552,649
deaths
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
world
21,770,827
active
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am
world
90,779,903
recovered
Updated on March 2, 2021 9:37 am

Related Articles