Outrage Us

TitleOutrage Us
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSkipper, RB, Connolly, P, Currie, RA, Jones, C, Pease, H
Date Published2017
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn June 2017, a Shakespeare in the Park production by Manhattan’s Public Theater portrayed Julius Caesar with characteristics suggestive of President Trump: lots of blond hair, overly-long ties, hand gestures identical to Trump’s, a wife with a Slovenian accent, and a gold bathtub. Breaking with long- standing tradition, the New York Times reviewed the play before it opened, resulting in outraged protesters at the first show, who claimed the production encouraged assassination of the president. Director Oskar Eustis accused the newspaper of inciting hatred, but the Times defended its decision as responding to a developing controversy. Bowing to the protests, Delta Airlines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship from Public Theater.
NotesCase from the 2018 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc- nd/4.0/. © 2017 Robert Skipper, Peggy Connolly, Robert A. Currie, Cynthia Jones, and Heather Pease.