Nothing artistic about assassinating a president.
I recently noted there was a bizarre rendition of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Julius Caesar, in which the title character resembled President Donald Trump.
What I did not report at the time is that I called my banking institution of 19 years, Bank of America, and warned them that their continued sponsorship of this travesty would cost them my long-term business. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one either, as the corporation and another sponsor have cut ties to the New York City theater that produced the play.
Delta Airlines and Bank of America pulled out of their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday over a production of “Julius Caesar” that reimagines the main character as President Trump.
…Delta, which donates between $100,000 and $499,000 annually, according to Deadline, pulled its sponsorship Sunday afternoon.
Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of The Public Theater effective immediately.”
Bank of America, one of The Public Theaters’s dozen corporate sponsors, offered similar reasoning.
“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” a spokeswoman told the 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.”
Of course, some of the play’s backers remain. For example, CNN and its parent company Time Warner. In fact, plagiarizer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria raved about play!
I would have been fascinated to see your reaction if that production had been staged with an “Obama” character in the title role. #CNNot
— Leslie Eastman (@Mutnodjmet) June 12, 2017
Zakaria so enjoyed the bloody spectacle, was so enthused, he declared the play a “masterpiece” and publicly recommended it to others.
“If you’re in NYC, go see Julius Caesar, free in Central Park,” Zakaria tweeted 13 days ago, “brilliantly interpreted for Trump era. A masterpiece.
I will remind Legal Insurrection readers that CNN once employed Kathy Griffin, who recently engaged in “presidential assassination entertainment”, and was subsequently shocked to find her career decapitated. The hatred for Donald Trump seems to be the muse for the cable news channel.
Since the new administration arrived in Washington, CNN has continued this war at a fever pitch. Daily they roll out eight-person panels where not one person defending the administration is represented. They have offered the most biased coverage of the Trump administration by far, to the point that Republicans on Capitol Hill openly mock their lack of balance. A network that once strove to be centrist in their approach is now openly antagonistic, and will run with the thinnest of scoops for hours at a time in order to make their case against President Trump.
One final point that I feel compelled to make is that there was actually been a production of an Obama-based Julius Caesar in 2012:
That production, part of a national tour done in collaboration with the Acting Company of New York, starred Bjorn DuPaty, a tall basketball aficionado who resembles then-President Barack Obama (pictured above).
Perhaps the difference is that the degree of hostility to President Trump is far more intense, and Americans are new genuinely concerned that the press-based hatred could inspire an assassination attempt. For example, President Obama did not have to endure:
* His daughter being harassed on an airplane.
* Social justice activists staging protests at the homes of his relatives.
* Graphic images of his beheading (in fact, a rodeo clown was fired for wearing an Obama mask).
* His personal property being vandalized.
* Aging rock stars threatening to bomb the White House during public appearances.
There are just a few of the challenges President Trump has had to face, and he hasn’t even been in office for 150 days.
The difference between the 2012 production and the new version is that Obama-love permeated the media, so Americans were not as concerned about his life being endangered.
In 2017, Trump-hate radiates from the media. Sensing the difference, millions of Americans rallied in support of their President.
In conclusion, it is time to close the curtain on “Presidential Assassination Theater.”
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