Hollywood Stars Call for Delta, Bank of America Boycott Over Public Theater Sponsorship Termination
The likes of Beau Willimon and Carrie Coon were angry with the companies for pulling sponsorship over a Trump-like adaptation of 'Julius Caesar.'
Delta and Bank of America's decision to end their sponsorship of New York's Public Theater over a Trump-themed adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has led to a growing Hollywood-led backlash on social media.
On Sunday, Delta said in a statement that the adaptation, which features the assassination of the title character who has a likeness to President Donald Trump, "crossed the line on the standards of good taste" and that the play "does not reflect Delta Air Lines' values."
Bank of America also ended its 11-year association with the Public Theater on Sunday with a spokesperson telling The Daily News that the play "was intended to provoke and offend" and that had "this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it."
House of Cards writer Beau Willimon was one of the most vocal critics of Delta and BofA's decision and he tweeted that he planned to boycott both companies. "Now I know where not to bank [and] who not to fly with. Actions like this create a culture of fear. We must support free expression, not punish," Willimon wrote. He later tweeted that he planned to donate to the Public Theater and encouraged others to do so.
A number of other actors, writers and producers took to Twitter to criticize Delta and BofA's decision and added their support for the Public Theater. THR has gathered together some of the early reaction here.
Now I know where not to bank & who not to fly with. Actions like this create a culture of fear. We must support free expression, not punish. https://t.co/GYYs4Fw8TG— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) June 12, 2017
Freedom of expression. Also, try reading the play. https://t.co/oNkVMRv8ws— Carrie Coon (@carriecoon) June 12, 2017