As Kathy Griffin recently learned, actions have consequences.
Bank of America and Delta Airlines have decided to pull their sponsorships of New York’s Public Theater over its controversial staging of the famous William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar after its depiction of a Donald Trump look-alike playing the role of the title character.
“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,” the airline said in a statement, ending a four year sponsorship of the public theatre.
Backlash from Trump supporters and those who value civility in politics was to be expected. But Twitter has exploded with outrage from those on the left who see this as an attack on free speech and the arts. The withdrawal of corporate sponsorship is leading many to reaffirm their call for the public funding of the arts:
If there’s anything Republicans hate more than plays, it’s parks. You knew this Shakespeare in the Park thing would backfire
— Jack Kimble (@RepJackKimble) June 12, 2017
Have plans to see “Julius Caesar” (Shakespeare-in-the-Park) in thrilled defiance of ignorant would-be censors (Faux News, Delta airlines).
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 12, 2017
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 11, 2017
In 1790, George Washington hosted a production of Julius Caesar, likely the first Shakespeare play performed for an American President. https://t.co/APzymQYXJX
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 12, 2017
— donal lardner ward (@donnyward) June 12, 2017
If nothing else, depicting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as Donald Trump is insulting to Shakespeare & the historical Caesar.
— The Maximum Leader (@maximumleader) June 12, 2017
Punishing Shakespeare for being art. Punishing the Public Theater for recognizing why Shakespeare still resonates. #DontBanTheBard
— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) June 12, 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
You are wrong. You are anti-art. Your sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park is literally the only good thing Bank of America has ever done.
— Emily Horner (@emhornerbooks) June 12, 2017
— Mic (@mic) June 12, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 12, 2017
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 12, 2017
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