Delta Airlines and Bank of America pulled sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday, citing the summer production of Julius Caesar featuring the assassination of the main character who bears a striking resemblance to President Trump.
In the modern-day play, the main character, Julius, has blond hair and wears a suit with an extra long red tie.
After the uproar on social media, Delta made the announcement to pull its support.
“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 Airlines’ values,” the airline’s spokeswoman Ashton Morrow said in a statement on Sunday.
“Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste,” she added.
Bank of America also also issued a statement on Sunday announcing the end of its support of the theater.
via Hollywoodreporter.com — Later on Sunday, Bank of America also pulled its support of the Public Theater, bringing to an end an 11-year relationship. A Bank of America spokesperson told New York’s 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.”
Both corporations affirmed their support of the arts, but not if it involves the graphic assassination of a sitting President of the United States.