‘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,...
Noose Found Inside Smithsonian’s African-American History Museum

Noose Found Inside Smithsonian’s African-American History Museum

by Fox News Noose found inside Smithsonian’s African-American history museum FILE- In this May 1, 2017, file photo, people wait in line to enter the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Cultural on the National Mall in Washington.  (AP) WASHINGTON –  Tourists found a noose Wednesday on the floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the second left at a Smithsonian site in less than a week, officials said. The gallery containing an exhibit on segregation was closed for about three hours while U.S. Park Police investigated the incident in the nation’s capital, Smithsonian officials said. “The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity,” Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton wrote in an Institution-wide email. Related: pakistani-police-say-lynching-organized-by-students-enemies Museum founding Director Lonnie Bunch III said in a statement that the incident is a reminder of the challenges African-Americans still face. Related: terror-in-london-cops-arrest-12-in-east-london-raids-after-attacks-that-left-at-least-7-dead-nearly-50-injured “The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans, …” Bunch said. “This was a horrible act, but a stark reminder of why our work is so important.” Another noose had been found Friday on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum, which features contemporary art and culture. Officials said it was unclear how long that noose, which was found by a Smithsonian police officer, had been...
Rachel Dolezal Disinvited From Book Festival After Public Backlash

Rachel Dolezal Disinvited From Book Festival After Public Backlash

by Fox News Rachel Dolezal disinvited from Baltimore Book Festival after public backlash   Days after defending its decision to have Dolezal, the white woman who led others to believe she was black, take part in the Baltimore Book Festival, organizers say the former head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP has been disinvited, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Organizers for the Baltimore Book Festival announced Tuesday they disinvited Rachel Dolezal, the controversial white woman who represented herself as African American for years, to this year’s event after receiving major public backlash. Related: 5-movies-unveiled-at-cannes-film-festival-that-youll-really-want-to-see Festival organizers released a statement on its Facebook page, citing reaction from attendees and authors as the reason for rescinding Dolezal’s invitation. “A top priority of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is to listen to our constituents, and after hearing from a cross-section of opinions on having Rachel Dolezal participate in this year’s festival, we had to consider how her appearance may affect both the audience and the other extraordinary authors we have planned for the Baltimore Book Festival,” the statement read. Related: host-faces-blowback-maher-slammed-after-using-racial-slur-during-show Baltimore Book Festival 20 hours ago For 21 years, the Baltimore Book Festival has hosted more than 3,000 writers and has been a venue for the exchange of ideas and information. In the past, we have hosted writers with different views and perspectives, always with the goal of presenting authors that engage the audience with topical and enlightening discourse. A top priority of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is to listen to our constituents, and after hearing from a...
The Event of the Year-  Art Basel Miami

The Event of the Year- Art Basel Miami

Forget Zika, forget the threats of terror, or the celebrations of the death of Fidel Castro.  Artists, celebrities, musicians, noted venture capitalists, and real estate developers are currently in Miami Beach and its surrounding areas to celebrate this year’s Art Basel Events. The event this year is taking place between December 1-4th  Art Basel represent everything sexy and exciting-  great music, delicious food, beautiful people, and of course, timeless and original art. According to the guide of Art Basel, the event has been taking place since 1970.  “Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons, as well serving as a meeting point for the international art world. Now, over forty years later, its three fairs – in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st-century art with a strong curatorial perspective. The event organizers take pride in showing work of the highest quality has attracted the leading international gallerists and collectors, offering the show’s visitors the most important art that world’s best galleries can offer.” People travel from all over the world, much like they do for the annual Cannes Film Festival, to participate in the very best of everything glamorous.  From the graffiti walls of the area of Wynnewood, through the glamor of South Beach and the old money in surrounding Palm Beach neighborhoods, everything is art, art, and art. Over 260 galleries in multiple are events will feature over 4000 international artists.  Many mini events including one in the Miami Convention Center, will highlight new and noted artists.  Individual event information,...
The “Hamilton” Outburst at Mike Pence. It’s Free Speech, but is it Ethical? Professional?

The “Hamilton” Outburst at Mike Pence. It’s Free Speech, but is it Ethical? Professional?

I’ve been examining the “Hamilton” / Mike Pence dust up from all angles and only now do I have a clear-cut conclusion to my personal view of it. As you may know, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and his nephew and daughter attended a showing of the musical play, “Hamilton”– winner of 11 Tony awards. When the cast took their final curtain call, one of the actors, Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who played Aaron Burr, stepped forward and read (supposedly on behalf of the other actors in the cast), a statement specifically addressing Pence: “We hope you will hear us out. …We, sir, we, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.” Until I saw this in print, I had gained the impression that the statement was considerably more militant and confrontational. The actual statement sort of pales in comparison with the sense that I had in hearing the event discussed by those who were dismayed at the statement. Donald Trump’s reaction and that of his Vice President, seem to be not quite on the same page of music. Trump’s response to the event was to Tweet this: In conformity with the eternal validity of the “Broken Clock” principal, Trump technically got this right, although he probably is the last person to be a credible messenger regarding decorum and what is decent. Mike Pence,...