Delta Air Lines ends sponsorship over Donald Trump look-alike killing scene

The Atlanta-based airline released a statement yesterday saying the graphic staging of Julius Caesar does not reflect its values and "crossed the line on the standards of good taste." The play is part of the city's free Shakespeare in the Park festival in Central Park.

By: AP | New York | Published:June 12, 2017 7:46 am
Delta Air lines, Shakespeare in the Park festival, Central Park, Donald Trump look-alike, Trump look-alike In this May 21, 2017, file photo provided by The Public Theater, Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays US President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in New York. (Source: Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

Delta Air Lines is pulling its sponsorship of New York’s Public Theatre for portraying Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage. The Atlanta-based airline released a statement yesterday saying the graphic staging of Julius Caesar does not reflect its values and “crossed the line on the standards of good taste.”

The play is part of the city’s free Shakespeare in the Park festival in Central Park. Its director, Oskar Eustis, says the production “in no way advocates violence toward anyone.”

Messages seeking comment from The Public Theatre weren’t immediately returned. Performances of the assassination scene began just days before comedian Kathy Griffin was criticised for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of Trump’s head.

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