‘A MASTERPIECE’ CNN host praised NYC play with Trump-killing scene

‘A MASTERPIECE’ CNN host praised NYC play with Trump-killing scene

by Fox News About two weeks before New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park started taking heavy fire for their production of “Julius Caesar,” starring a Trump-inspired lead who (SPOILER ALERT) gets stabbed to death, CNN’s Fareed Zhakaria had already weighed in on the production. The TV host tweeted on May 31 that the 2017 show was “Brilliantly interepreted for the Trump era. A masterpiece.”  Follow Fareed Zakaria ?@FareedZakaria If you’re in NYC, go see Julius Caesar, free in Central Park, brilliantly interpreted for Trump era. A masterpiece: http://bit.ly/2rUYIMR  Related: bill-cosbys-future-is-in-the-hands-of-the-jury-as-defense-prosecution-rest-their-cases 12:21 PM – 31 May 2017 Related: play-punishment–sponsors-flee-nyc-theater-company-over-trump-scene  149149 Retweets  291291 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy It would turn out that not everyone agreed. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America said Sunday that they were pulling their sponsorships of the Manhattan-based theater company’s production, which is free to the general public. “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,” the company’s statement said. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.” BONGINO: THE LEFT HAS GONE MAD WITH RAGE Bank of America added it was withdrawing funding for the production. “The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend,” the bank said in a tweet. “Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it.” American Express also took to Twitter and announced their sponsorship doesn’t support the play. “We would like to clarify that our sponsorship...
PLAY PUNISHMENT Sponsors flee NYC theater company over Trump scene

PLAY PUNISHMENT Sponsors flee NYC theater company over Trump scene

by Fox News FILE – 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 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.  (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP) Delta Air Lines and Bank of America became the first companies to announce that they are pulling their sponsorships of a Manhattan-based theater company’s portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets stabbed to death on stage. Delta and Bank of America both announced their intentions on Sunday. “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,” the company’s statement said. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.” Bank of America added it was withdrawing funding for the production. “The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend,” the bank said in a tweet. “Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it.” Related: bill-cosbys-future-is-in-the-hands-of-the-jury-as-defense-prosecution-rest-their-cases Performances at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater began in late May, just days before comedian Kathy Griffin was condemned for posing for a photograph with a bloodied rendering of Trump’s head. Related: a-masterpiece-cnn-host-praised-nyc-play-with-trumpkilling-scene Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director who also directed the play,...
Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

by Fox Entertainment Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has moved at a brisk pace and produced gripping testimony along with moments of levity. The case could reach the jury early this week. The aging Hollywood icon is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman he befriended through his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004. The trial involves only accuser Andrea Constand, although about 60 women have accused Cosby of similar misconduct over his long career as an actor, comedian, author and, as one judge said, “public moralist.” Constand went to police in 2005, but the local prosecutor declined to press charges. Authorities reopened her complaint in 2015 after learning Cosby had testified in her lawsuit to giving various women wine, pills or even quaaludes before sex. Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over five days before resting on Friday. Cosby, 79, could take the stand when the defense starts its case Monday, although most court observers call that risky given the cross-examination he would face. Here’s a recap of the trial’s first week and a look at what’s ahead. ___ HOW DID ACCUSER ANDREA CONSTAND DO ON THE STAND? The case largely rests on the credibility of accuser Andrea Constand, a former professional basketball player who worked at Temple from 2002 to 2004 as director of operations for the women’s team. Calm and direct, she remained unrattled over more than seven hours of testimony over two days. She occasionally grew teary discussing the sexual encounter, when she said she was semi-conscious and could not object. Related: bill-cosbys-future-is-in-the-hands-of-the-jury-as-defense-prosecution-rest-their-cases She said Cosby had “never said a word to me” to...
‘SINNER IN YOUR MIDST’ Maher addresses n-word controversy on ‘Real Time’

‘SINNER IN YOUR MIDST’ Maher addresses n-word controversy on ‘Real Time’

by Fox News Variety Bill Maher was on air last night one week since a scandal erupted over his use of the n-word.  (Reuters)   Bill Maher started his HBO show Friday night by thanking the audience “for letting a sinner in your midst,” a reference to his use of the n-word on last week’s show. “Michael Eric Dyson will be here soon to take me to the woodshed,” he added, a reference to one of his guests on the show later that night. Some audience members yelled, “We love you Bill” as he took the stage. Maher then went into his regular monologue. Related How Will Emmy Voters React to Bill Maher’s Racial Slur Gaffe? More From Variety TV News Roundup: Jennifer Esposito Exits ‘NCIS’ After One Season Bill Maher Lines Up Michael Eric Dyson to Replace Al Franken in Wake of N-Word Scandal How Will Emmy Voters React to Bill Maher’s Racial Slur Gaffe? This was Maher’s first show since using the racial slur during an interview last week with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). HBO issued a statement condemning the remark, and Maher issued an apology the next day. Related: cnn-cancels-reza-aslans-show-after-tweets Related: cnn-cuts-ties-with-reza-aslan-following-antitrump-tweets “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” he said in the statement. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” But it did not stop the fallout. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)...
CNN cuts ties with Reza Aslan following anti-Trump tweets

CNN cuts ties with Reza Aslan following anti-Trump tweets

by Fox Entertainment By Sasha Savitsky Fox News Reza Aslan speaks at the UTA “United Voices” Rally at United Talent Agency headquarters on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. He is the host of the new CNN show “Believer.”  (AP) CNN has parted ways with “Believer” host Reza Aslan less than a week after the religious scholar came under fire for a series of heated tweets he made about President Trump. “CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan’ (season two),” a CNN rep told Fox News. “We wish Reza and his production team all the best.” Aslan responded, “Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision. ‘Believer’ means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now.” Aslan’s tweets came after Trump’s June 3 remarks regarding the terrorist attacks in London, calling Trump an “embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency” and a “piece of s–t.” Related: sinner-in-your-midst—maher-addresses-nword-controversy-on-real-time He later apologized for his language. Aslan’s CNN show faced controversy earlier this year when the 45-year-old ate a human brain with a Hindu cannibalistic sect in an episode that aired in March. Related: cnn-cancels-reza-aslans-show-after-tweets “Believer” was meant to explore a variety of faith-based groups around the world. But his exploration of the cannibalistic sect in India had many people up in arms over what they saw is a misrepresentation of Hinduism. He apologized on Facebook saying at the time he made it clear on the show that the Aghoris are an “extreme Hindu...
CNN Cancels Reza Aslan’s Show After Tweets

CNN Cancels Reza Aslan’s Show After Tweets

by CNN CNN cancels Reza Aslan’s show “Believer” after profane anti-Trump tweets by Brian Stelter CNN has parted ways with Reza Aslan, the host of a documentary series on the network, whose profane anti-Trump tweets were widely criticized earlier this week. The network said Friday that it has “decided to not move forward with production” on Aslan’s “Believer” series. Season one of “Believer” premiered in March. Season two was announced at an event for advertisers in mid-May. Aslan’s production company had already started working on the new episodes. But the network decided to break off the production relationship after Aslan called President Trump a piece of excrement, using an expletive, last Saturday. CNN’s decision came about a week after it split with Kathy Griffin, the comedian who has co-hosted the network’s New Year’s Eve show for the past decade. Griffin was shown in photos holding up a bloodied head depicting the president. First she defended it as artistic, then she issued an apology. CNN fired her the next day. Related: cnn-cuts-ties-with-reza-aslan-following-antitrump-tweets Aslan has been a virulent critic of Trump for some time, but this particular tweet crossed a line in the minds of some media critics. Prominent conservatives weighed in and said they wanted Aslan to be fired. Related: perry-swift-trying-to-ruin-me Aslan posted the tweet in reaction to Trump’s promotion of a “travel ban” in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack in London. “I lost my cool and responded to him in a derogatory fashion. That’s not like me,” Aslan said in a statement the next day. “I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at...