WASHINGTON Delta Air Lines Inc and Bank of America Corp pulled financial support on Sunday for the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Julius Caesar" in New York over its portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles U.S.
Delta said in a statement on Sunday that the Public Theater's "artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste" and that it was ending its four-year run as official airline of the Public Theater.
In announcing the production in Manhattan's Central Park earlier this year, the Public Theater said the play had "never felt more contemporary," and described the Roman leader as "magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power." The New York Times review on Friday said the "depiction of a petulant, blondish Caesar in a blue suit, complete with gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife, takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level." New York's Daily News said the production "imagines the Roman ruler as a blond, swaggering, egotist who's a dead ringer for the current occupant of the Oval Office.
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