NEW YORK — Delta Airlines pulled out of its sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday over a production of “Julius Caesar” that reimagines the main character as President Trump. In the play, the actor playing President Trump is assassinated by women and minorities on stage.
“I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Sunday morning. The president’s son isn’t the only person recognizing the sick message being conveyed. Delta, which donates between $100,000 and $499,000 annually, pulled its 4-year sponsorship late Sunday afternoon.
“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,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
Delta isn’t the only entity unwilling to fund such nonsense. Bank of America made a public statement saying it is withdrawing its funding. “Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” a spokesperson 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.”
“Julius Caesar” officially opens Monday and runs through June 18 at the Delacorte Theater.
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