Thursday, June 13, 2024

Michael Moore Donates $10,000 to Public Theater After Sponsors Cancel Because of “Julius Caesar” Trump Scandal


Michael Moore has donated $10,000 to the New York Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park festival.

Moore says it’s to make up for some of the lost sponsorship money after the scandal in which a murdered “Julius Caesar” looked like Donald Trump. Bank of America and American Express were among the cowards.

The lost sponsor money was no doubt larger by hundreds of thousands. But Moore’s gesture is a generous one, and he makes a point. It’s hoped that other individuals will step in as well. Moore says the money is equal to his advance pay for appearing in his one man show on Broadway this summer.

It’s odd how there was such a crazy response to this production. Years ago (2006), there was a movie called “Death of the President” in which sitting president George W. Bush was assassinated. Life went on. The director kept working.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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