The fault, my dear Eustis, is not in the sponsors, but in ourselves.
It appears that major corporations are not especially interested in having their brands all over the "Kill Trump" version of Julius Caesar being put on as the latest Shakespeare in the Park staging in New York City. That's the one where the opposition consists of women and minorities. And Caesar is Trump. And is murdered graphically on stage.
Delta Air Lines said today that it was terminating its four-year-old sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater because a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Central Park “crossed the line” of good taste and “doesn’t reflect” the company’s “values.”
Bank of America, the presenting sponsor of the Public Theater and an 11-year backer, has also withdrawn its sponsorship of the production, but not the nonprofit itself.
“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” according to a statement given to Deadline by a company spokesperson. “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. We are withdrawing our funding for this production.”
A Delta spokesman had provided Deadline with a similar statement earlier in the evening. “No matter what your political stance may be,” it read, “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.”
It's interesting that there are still red lines. Apparently murdering a president is still one of them.
So could the Public Theater, at least financially. Delta, according to the Public Theater, contributes between $100,000 and $499,000 annually to the theater, which developed recent Tony Award winners Hamilton and Fun Home and presented Sweat, a nominee for best play at tonight’s Tony Awards.
Considering its stake in Hamilton, the Public Theater will likely be doing just fine. Which is a shame as Hamilton, Fun Home and Trump Caesar are as horrible a collection of toxic garbage you can find anywhere. But it is a warning that there is a price to pay for this level of obnoxious leftism.
Julius Caesar, his strawberry blonde hair teased and coiffed, a cigar in one hand as he paws his wife Calpurnia’s crotch with the other in a crude public display, swaggers about the stage of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park... The crowd hooted at Caesar and Calpurnia’s entrance, as if from the bowels of a Roman Trump Tower... Here, however, Casca (Teagle F. Bougere) says, “But there’s no heed to be taken of them / if Caesar had stabbed their mothers on Fifth Avenue, they would have done no less.”... David Rockwell’s monumentalist setting lays it on thick, with banners depicting Washington, Lincoln and the U.S. Constitution
The left, always and ever, hates America.