Instead of abandoning financial support of the Public Theater outright, the honorable men of American Express are trying to weasel their way out of the situation they find themselves in for underwriting a play that unmistakably depicts the bloody murder of President Trump, something idiot actors across America would like to do for real. The actor playing Caesar in Julius Caesar is, at least at a distance of a few yards, a Donald Trump lookalike, complete with a too long necktie.
“We would like to clarify that our sponsorship of the Public Theater does not fund the production of Shakespeare in the Park nor do we condone the interpretation of the Julius Caesar play,” the company tweeted.
A Statement from American Express: pic.twitter.com/Ig0Ju3B2dP
— American Express (@AmericanExpress) June 12, 2017
As Kyle Olson observes at the American Mirror, “American Express is trying to have it both ways: Not offending liberal customers who see no problem with the content of a New York City play depicting the assassination of President Trump, while also attempting to claim its dollars aren’t going to support it.”
American Express is ignoring the fact that money is fungible, something left-wing philanthropies do all the time when called out for their funding of radical causes. “[A]nyone with common sense knows, once the funds go into the Public Theater’s coffers, they mix together and can be used to fund any production,” Olson adds. “And ultimately, the leaders who are making decisions about how to spend American Express’s dollars are the same ones who thought it was appropriate and acceptable to murder a look-alike of the American president.”
The Public Theater has received buckets of money from the philanthropic sector in recent years.
Donations have come from: Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust ($3,022,500 since 2010); New York Community Trust ($1,229,700 since 2004); Kresge Foundation ($1 million since 2009); Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund ($891,400 since 2003); Ford Foundation ($350,000 since 2007); Alec Baldwin Foundation ($305,000 since 2010); Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. ($270,000 since 2006); and Time Warner Foundation ($250,000 since 2014).