Shared from the 2017-06-13 Chattanooga eEdition

NYC theater loses sponsors after edgy Trump portrayal

NEW YORK — The knives are out for a new edgy production of “Julius Caesar” that’s cutting a little too close to home for some fans of the White House.

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorship of The Public Theater’s version of “Julius Caesar” that portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage.

This modern-day Caesar’s violent death at the hands of conspirators comes not long after comedian Kathy Griffin was widely condemned for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of Trump’s head.

Though the Public’s version of William Shakespeare’s classic play is unchanged from its 400-year-old original, the production portrays Caesar with a gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife. Trump’s name is never mentioned — but backlash was swift.

On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a Fox News story about the play and wrote, “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”

Delta responded by saying “artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.” American Express said it was not pulling funding, but in a statement Monday said, “we do not condone this interpretation of the play.”

Bank of America claimed it was bamboozled. It said the Public chose to present the play “to provoke and offend” without the bank’s knowledge.

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