Delta Air Lines pulled its sponsorship from New York City’s Public Theatre on Sunday because one of its plays depicts the assassination of a politician who looks like President Donald Trump.
The theatre company’s production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” features actors wearing modern dress and a blond, business suit-wearing title character. The character is stabbed to death in a bloody scene midway through the play.
“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,” Delta said in a statement. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.”
The play is running through June 18 as part of the Public Theatre’s popular “Shakespeare in the Park” series in Manhattan’s Central Park.
Hosts of the Fox News morning program “Fox and Friends” criticised the play earlier Sunday.
“A disgusting New York City play depicting the president brutally assassinated, all while being funded by your taxpayer dollars,” a Fox host said as she introduced a segment about the play.
Donald Trump Jr. chimed in as well, tweeting a Fox News article about the segment and asking “Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”
Before pulling its sponsorship, Delta responded to the Fox News tweet with the statement, “We do not support this interpretation of Julius Caesar.”
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