Hollywood celebrities are now throwing a fit after two major advertisers pulled their funding from a controversial “Shakespearean” play that depicts the assassination on Donald Trump.
Sunday, both Bank of America and Delta pulled their sponsorships of the play, which portrays Julius Caesar as someone who looks like President Donald Trump, and stabs him to death during the performance. To further drive the point home, Caesar’s wife is played by a woman who looks like First Lady Melania, and speaks with a Slavic accent.
Bank of America stated on Sunday: “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.”
Delta also released a statement Sunday: “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.”
The New York Times, which is also a sponsor for the play, has chosen to remain on board with the production.
When it became known that Delta and Bank of America were sponsoring the play, conservatives called for a boycott.
Now, in response to the sponsorship withdrawals of Delta and Bank of America, several Hollywood celebrities started calling for boycotts to the companies:
— (((Orchid))) (@OrchidNYC) June 11, 2017
Delta and Bank Of America have pulled funding from the Public Theater due to a creative interpretation of Shakespeare. Act accordingly.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 12, 2017
— sarah maclean (@sarahmaclean) June 11, 2017
Now I know where not to bank & who not to fly with. Actions like this create a culture of fear. We must support free expression, not punish. https://t.co/GYYs4Fw8TG
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) June 12, 2017
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 11, 2017
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) June 12, 2017
“But they are all honorable men.”
Nope. They are gutless, ignorant, unread fools. https://t.co/UYeurv0Spq
— David Simon (@AoDespair) June 12, 2017
Actor James Woods is still in full support of Bank of America, however:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 12, 2017
the libs are going nuts over it too… we need more voices thanking them or they may reverse their action.
— IchibanB (@Meepichi) June 12, 2017
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