New York Times stands by play depicting Trump’s assassination

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The upcoming Shakespeare production at New York’s Public Theater has outraged many, as the play portrays the main character as Donald Trump, instead of Julius Cesar, and stages his assassination during the performance.

Two major advertisers pulled out of the production Sunday, but the New York Times has announced they are standing in full support of it.

Monday, the Times released the following statement:

“We have sponsored Shakespeare in the Park for 20 years. As an institution that believes in free speech for the arts as well as the media, we support the right of the Public Theater to stage the production as they chose.”

FastCompany, who reported the statement from the NY Times, stated that “free speech exists so that theater organizations can put on ‘edgy’ shows”, and claimed that this show is not “edgy” because it’s just a Shakespeare play and “everyone already knows the ending.”

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