American Express is trying to have it both ways: Not offending liberal customers who see no problem with the content of a New York City play depicting the assassination of President Trump, while also attempting to claim its dollars aren’t going to support it.
On Monday, the company followed Delta and Bank of America in expressing its discomfort with the play by the NYC Public Theater.
A Statement from American Express: pic.twitter.com/Ig0Ju3B2dP
— American Express (@AmericanExpress) June 12, 2017
“We would like to clarify that our sponsorship of the Public Theater does not fund the production of Shakespeare in the Park nor do we condone the interpretation of the Julius Caesar play,” the company tweeted.
That’s only slightly disingenuous, because, as anyone with common sense knows, once the funds go into the Public Theater’s coffers, they mix together and can be used to fund any production.
And ultimately, the leaders who are making decisions about how to spend American Express’s dollars are the same ones who thought it was appropriate and acceptable to murder a look-alike of the American president.
Sponsors began pulling their support after shocking video emerged showing the graphic depiction of Trump’s assassination.
The New York Daily News reports:
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.
Shortly after Delta, who was a four-year sponsor, made its announcement, Bank of America yanked its support as well.
The Shakespeare in the Park play tells the story of the leader assassinated by Roman senators over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, but rather than the original setting, the production stages Caesar (Gregg Henry) and his wife, Calpurnia, (Tina Benko) with Donald and Melania Trump lookalikes.
Delta announced that it was ending its funding of the Public Theater production, while Bank of America also pulled out, via this tweet:
We are withdrawing our funding pic.twitter.com/MlaONF82FN
— Bank of America News (@BofA_News) June 12, 2017
“The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such 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,” the company announced on Sunday.
“We are withdrawing our funding for this production,” it concluded, after 11 years of doing so.
But so far, the production’s other sponsor, the New York Times, has been silent on the issue.
Inside Edition has the shock footage here: