MacBird Outdid Trump as Caesar 45 years ago

 Julius Trump?

DATELINE:  Shakespeare in Absentia

We have seen many updated versions of Shakespeare over the years. Indeed, we enjoy seeing the Bard transported to new locations and timeframes. It often electrifies the message that has become stale to modern audiences.

We have seen Shakespeare set in Nazi Germany (Richard III), in the world of bikers (Coriolanus), in the world of independent film students (Hamlet), a corporate boardroom (Othello), and now we find a stage production of Julius Caesar in American politics.

The Shakespeare in the Park production makes Caesar a lookalike Donald Trump who hath grown ambitious. He has that chock of blond hair weave and an overlong red tie. He also has a bloated ego.

The man who would be emperor is assassinated by senators with knives, just like 2000 years ago. How much progress we have made in politics?

This version has created a firestorm, causing corporate sponsors to try to stifle artistic expression by withdrawing support. It’s a tempest in a teapot.

We think back to the Vietnam War days—and back then we must have been less sensitive because Macbeth was presented on stage in the form of MacBird.

That little ditty suggested that Lyndon Johnson had been behind the assassination of John Kennedy. In this cruel satire, without the Shakespearean tongue, the Scottish thane Macbird and his wife, Lady Bird, are party to a ruthless series of killings to rise to the top of the nation. Was Lyndon not born of woman?

We recall amusement about seeing a dumb tasteless play that presented President Johnson portrayed for conspiracy theorists  as Macbeth, but it did not quite engender the furor that President Trump has exemplified in a Caesar mode.

Satirizing politics of the moment has become a dangerous business. Just ask Alec Baldwin or Kathy Griffin who claim they are subject to social anger on social media.

So, too, Julius Caesar has created a debate—not about politics, but about art. To be or not, we’ll wait for the movie version.

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Tom Brady Takes on Icon Tony the Tiger

DATELINE: Not so Grrrreat!

Featured imageTony the Tight End

Tom Brady has run out of the pocket on consumer issues.

To defend his health guru, Tom decided to share some of his views on health and nutrition for children—whether he applies this to his own may be a decision out of his hands. We feel that Giselle makes those decisions for her children.

If his radio interview this week has made Andrew Luck stop drinking Coke or having Frosted Flakes, Tom may have a harder game against the Colts than he originally thought.

As part of that large group of people who drank Coke and ate Sugar Frosted Flakes, we are now facing Type 2 diabetes. We probably would never have listened to Tom years ago, but he is right.

Every doctor and nurse you may face with high glucose numbers will scoff you out and tell you not to drink Coca Cola or eat Frosted Flakes for breakfast—but if you chose to, you will pay a price at some point.

Brady has not been sacked by Coke, and Tony the Tiger probably will decline to play tight end for the Patriot quarterback. He is taking money out of their pockets by telling fans not to consume the menu items.

However, Tom has undercut his own credibility with his choice of health guru, using Marhareeshi Alex Guerrero whose run-ins with the Federales makes him suspect.

Yeah, Guerrero is more like Goldhat from the Treasure of Sierra Madre. He tells Tom, “I don’t need no stinkin’ Frosted Flakes.” And he will never trade gold for Coca Cola because he is thirsty.

Tom may not be Fred C. Dobbs, but he knows a Gila monster when he sees one. In this case, he has found two Gila monsters hiding behind the menu of America.