After it was announced on Monday that two major sponsors of New York's Public Theater were pulling funding for a production of a President Donald Trump-themed production of Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar," Liberal Twitter went into meltdown mode.
The controversy brewing around the play that sees a Donald Trump-based character assassinated on stage began to grow bigger after Donald Trump Jr. criticized the production on Twitter.
Trump Jr. wrote, "I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does 'art' become political speech & does that change things?"
As a result, in a statement posted on Twitter, Bank of America wrote that it would pull its funding for the production, which is scheduled to end Sunday.
We are withdrawing our funding pic.twitter.com/MlaONF82FN
— Bank of America News (@BofA_News) June 12, 2017
Also, a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines told The New York Times that they would also be ending its sponsorship.
The statement read:
"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.”
“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.”
The backlash to Bank of America and Delta Air Lines pulling its sponsorships from the production was swift and intense from the left.
Liberal author Joyce Carol Oates wrote, "Have plans to see "Julius Caesar" (Shakespeare-in-the-Park) in thrilled defiance of ignorant would-be censors (Faux News, Delta airlines)."
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton added, "In 1790, George Washington hosted a production of Julius Caesar, likely the first Shakespeare play performed for an American President."
Actor Ron Perlman seemed to speak a call to arms in his tweet. He wrote, "Delta and Bank Of America have pulled funding from the Public Theater due to a creative interpretation of Shakespeare. Act accordingly."
Watch a scene from the play below.