Monday, June 12, 2017

Conservatives win big on Caesar backlash

Whoa. Delta Airlines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship of New York’s Shakespeare in the Park on Sunday because the bozos in charge of this festival decided it was cool to depict the assassination of President Donald John Trump.

Hahahaha.

Losers.

Remember, one of President Trump's campaign songs was "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister.

And we're not.

He is more Andrew Jackson than Caesar.
They tried to assassinate Jackson.
He beat his assailant almost to death.

In presenting Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," producers decided it would be fun to depict him and his wife as Trump and Melania. As Caesar is assassinated, this is problematic.

Depict him as Barack Obama, and you will see what I mean.

Lampooning the president is OK. Everyone gets that. America has a long-standing history of doing that.

But this went over the line. Two presidents were shot in my lifetime, one killed and the other came an inch away from death.

Not cool.

From the New York Daily News:
“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
“Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of The Public Theater effective immediately.”
Bank of America, one of The Public Theaters’s dozen corporate sponsors, offered similar reasoning.
“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” a spokeswoman told the Daily News. “The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in 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.”
Conservatives won.

Liberals will now have to show President Trump more respect.

Make fun of killing him, and lose your job or sponsors.

From the New York Times:
The theater, its financial supporters and its production of “Julius Caesar” have recently faced a wave of criticism online and in right-leaning media outlets. Last week, the website Breitbart compared the play to the controversial online photo that showed the comedian Kathy Griffin holding a severed head that resembled the president.
Criticism of the play reached a fever pitch on Sunday when Fox News reported that it “appears to depict President Trump being brutally stabbed to death by women and minorities.” Donald Trump Jr., a son of President Trump, joined in shortly after that report, seeming to question the theater’s funding sources. “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter. “Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”
How would you like a play that shows your father assassinated?

The New York Times is a sponsor of the group. Its spokesman framed this as a First Amendment issue:
”As an institution that believes in free speech for the arts as well as the media, we support the right of the Public Theater to stage the production as they chose.”
It is not. Death threats are not free speech. They are threats made by people with fantasies of fascism who wish to intimidate others.

Conservatives used to cave. No more.

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16 comments:

  1. "As an institution that believes in free speech for the arts as well as the media, we support the right of the Public Theater to stage the production as they chose." That doesn't mean you have to give them money to do it.

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  2. I think the Times also spoke glowingly about Serrano's Piss Christ. Guys, what we have to understand is that we're dealing with a bunch of 8 year olds here. Remember when you used to think it hilarious, rascally, and rebellious to call up a liquor store and ask if they had Jim Beam in a bottle? Same same.

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  3. Rodeo clown, Obama mask, big deal. Murder Trump or GWB, artistic license. Getting to where I would think an absence of prosecution would be appropriate if there were violence at these things.

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    1. A rodeo clown with a Trump mask is A-OK with me s long as one of the horses has a Nancy P. Lousy mask under it's tail.

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  4. Trump is a nominal Republican and is compared to Andy Jackson. On that note here is a description of Andy that revealed some info I didn't know. http://www.cracked.com/article_15895_the-5-most-badass-presidents-all-time.html
    Dueling was a thing with him. And to me when Sen. Durbin attacked our people guarding the terrorists in GITMO and my son was on active duty; he may have been in Iraq at the time. I wrote that the Senator telling him that he should be glad it wasn't in the 1830s because I would have challenged him to a duel, and I told him I thought he would have been to cowardly to accept. I was a bit angry at the time. No visit from the FBI.
    And this ass got reelected by the fools in Illinois anyway.

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    1. How come your comments always have duplicates?

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  5. Trump is a nominal Republican and is compared to Andy Jackson. On that note here is a description of Andy that revealed some info I didn't know. http://www.cracked.com/article_15895_the-5-most-badass-presidents-all-time.html
    Dueling was a thing with him. And to me when Sen. Durbin attacked our people guarding the terrorists in GITMO and my son was on active duty; he may have been in Iraq at the time. I wrote that the Senator telling him that he should be glad it wasn't in the 1830s because I would have challenged him to a duel, and I told him I thought he would have been to cowardly to accept. I was a bit angry at the time. No visit from the FBI.
    And this ass got reelected by the fools in Illinois anyway.

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    1. How come your comments always have duplicates?

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    2. Jacob Two Two genetic trait.

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    3. New York Times ... so lousy, he shamed 'em twice.

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  6. It's a symptom of the ever creeping normalization of violence; The ever creeping adoption of hate as a mechanism to accomplish their aims.

    Saving Private Ryan was looping on cable over the weekend (as it should). It's a film saturated with tests of cultural values: Some values survived the war and some did not. And, as usual, some lines of its characters are universally missed by the audience:

    Lieutenant Dewindt: "FUBAR".
    Private Reiben: "FUBAR".
    Sergeant Horvath: "FUBAR".
    Captain Miller: "FUBAR".
    Private Jackson: "Y'all got that right".

    It's noteworthy that private Jackson is portrayed as a "Southern Christian" and expert marksman for the unit who executes his tradecraft with perfect efficiency with a little help (in his mind). Captain Miller was a "cultured" midwestern English Composition teacher before the war who led a group of "commoners" with strong values. Jackson was unwilling to adopt a phrase of the group that evolved during that war, which to him, violated his heritage and southern upbringing (values)

    (This dialog is lost on those that focus on the ending statement of Corporal Upham:
    "I looked up fubar in the German dictionary and there's no fubar in here")

    Our cultural values have now de-evolved to the level of domesticated animals gone feral, mostly for generational "shock value" to elders. If there is (ever) to be a "reset" in GenM/GenX values it will unfortunately follow Jackson's tradition discussed by a commenter above.

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  7. If you have an AmEx card like I do, send them an email at www.corporate.social.responsibility@aexp.com.
    -Fred

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    1. This is getting kicked back to me as an invalid email address.

      DCP

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  8. Not Delta values, but maybe...United?

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  9. I just received and invitation from AMEX to upgrade one of my AMEX cards. This was my reply.

    "I note that you are sponsoring Caesar in the Park in NYC.

    In this play, and actor who looks like President Donald Trump is murdered.

    So, no. This upgrade probably won't happen."

    DCP

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  10. " How would you like a play that shows your father assassinated? "
    Well, being a hick from here abouts I think broken noses and loose teeth would come into play.
    But that is just me.

    Bobb Topp.

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