The New York Times allegedly sponsors a play in which a President Donald Trump-lookalike gets assassinated.
According to Big League Politics’ Cassandra Fairbanks, the play in question is a Public Theater production of ‘Julius Caesar.’
“The play, a contemporary update on the original, does not refer to the president by name – but their Caesar character holds a striking resemblance to Trump and his wife to the First Lady,” Fairbanks writes.
Fairbanks goes on to quote the Public Theater’s website, which describes the Trump/Caesar character as “magnetic, populist, irreverent,” who “seems bent on absolute power.”
Throughout the play, the character – who wears a Trump-style red tie and long coat – reportedly tweets from his bathtub and appears onstage fully nude “before being stabbed to death by senators as an American Flag stands beside them.”
See a clip of the assassination below. Look for the blond-haired man wearing a red tie and Trump-style long jacket.
“I always go to see Shakespeare in the park but I wasn’t expecting to see this,” said Laura Sheaffer, who saw the play last weekend, to Mediaite. “To be honest I thought it was shocking and distasteful. If this had happened to any other President – even as recently as Barack Obama or George W. Bush – it would not have flown. People would have been horrified.”
“I mean, it was the on-stage murder of the president of the United States.”
Sheaffer also slammed The Public Theater’s choice to have Brutus celebrated for his assassination of Trump.
“The message it sent was that if you don’t support the President, it’s okay to assassinate him. I don’t love President Trump, but he’s the President. You can’t assassinate him on a stage.”
Sheaffer went on to compare the incident to Kathy Griffin’s beheading of President Donald Trump.
“Public Theater,” Cassandra Fairbanks states, “is sponsored by none other than The New York Times.”
Fairbanks goes on to quote Public Theater’s Corporate Partners” page, which reads, “the Public Theater has cultivated successful ongoing partnerships with several leading corporations including Bank of America, Delta Airlines, The New York Times, American Express, and others.”
The page continues, “we offer sponsorship opportunities which enhance awareness and visibility of your brand, targeted activations, and provide opportunities for client entertainment, unique experiences and exciting benefits for employees.”
The New York Times has reportedly not responded to requests for comment on its apparent sponsorship of the play.
We will update the story should they choose to do so.