Sponsors have begun pulling their support for a New York-based theater company over its assassination of a version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar who wears a business suit and resembles Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports that corporate donors Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled their support for New York’s Public Theater as fallout intensified over the Shakespeare in the Park production.
“The companies’ decisions came after days of criticism online and in right-leaning media outlets that was amplified by Donald Trump Jr., a son of the president, who appeared to call into question the theater’s funding sources on Twitter on Sunday morning.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter message can be seen below.
In a statement released Sunday night, Delta said: “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.”
“Bank of America followed hours later, saying it would withdraw financial support from the production of “Julius Caesar” but would not end its financial relationship with the theater, which a bank spokeswoman, Susan Atran, said had lasted for 11 years,” The Times reports.