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Time Warner CEO Defends Trump Assassination Play

Written by Joe Scudder

He points out that the idea of a Trump assassination, in the context of Shakespeare’s play, is not condoned.

Even after the Bernie Sanders voter opened fire on Republicans, the CEO of Time Warner defended the company’s sponsorship of the Trump assassination play. The company is free to do this in America, but we are free to evaluate the wisdom of doing such a thing. Or the honesty. Unlike Julius Caesar, Trump came to power not by bringing his army to the capital, but by winning an election.

Variety reports, “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Defends Public Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ CNN at Shareholders Meeting.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes defended his company’s financial support for New York’s embattled Public Theater on Thursday at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Burbank, Calif.

“We’re certainly not going to drop our support for an institution like the Public Theater,” Bewkes said. The CEO was responding to the first shareholder question at the meeting, which targeted the company’s continued sponsorship of the Public — the New York arts organization that has come under fire for its current production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which portrays Caesar as a Donald Trump-like character. Bewkes noted that Time Warner’s financial support for the Public is limited to an emerging-artist development program run by the organization, and that the company offers no financial support for any of its productions, including “Julius Caesar.”

But he defended the Public and the production.

“The point of the play is one that has been debated for probably 400 years,” Bewkes said. “It’s not one that advocates, if you think about the play itself, about Julius Caesar — the killing of Caesar itself raises very important points about how that did not work out well, nor did it accomplish the ends of those senators who did kill Caesar.”

Bewkes is right about the message of the play, but that isn’t what people are getting from the media reports.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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