Protesters interrupt controversial anti-Trump Shakespeare play

Protesters interrupt controversial anti-Trump Shakespeare play
Alt-right protesters interrupted a controversial performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that portrayed the title character to resemble President Trump. Image Source: Twitter video screenshot.

Protesters interrupted the controversial performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” during the scene where the Trump-like title character is assassinated.

The interruption appeared to be orchestrated by members of the alt-right and their allies. Mike Cernovich, a nationalist advocate and Trump supporter, tweeted, “New York! Who wants to go watch the Trump assassination play…maybe use some “free speech” during the play?” on Wednesday.

The performance has rankled the right because of the resemblance of the Julius Caesar character to President Donald Trump. In the classic play, Caesar is stabbed to death by Roman senators afraid of his arrogance and destructive ambition.

But despite the lack of liberal outrage when the character was portrayed as former President Barack Obama in 2012, right wing commentators have used the performance as an example of unprecedented political vitriol.

Cernovich posted a video of the interruption on his YouTube channel. In the video, Trump supporter Laura Loomer yells, “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable! You cannot promote this type of violence against Donald Trump!”

From the audience, her accomplice yells “Goebbels would be proud” repeatedly, a reference to the Nazi propagandist.

According to ABC News, Loomer was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. She tweeted after being released from jail.

After the play was widely criticized by Trump supporters, corporate sponsors began to pull their support, drawing criticism from the left.

Some, like conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, criticized the protest.

“Great, now we have alt-right SJWs,” he said, referring to the acronym for “social justice warriors.”

“She invaded a public performance to obstruct it,” he added. “She has no right to the stage.”

In Dallas, Texas, angry Trump supporters mistakenly sent their death threats to a Shakespeare company completely unrelated with the controversial New York City edition.

Director Oscar Eustis warned about the fragility of democracy and institutions before the opening of his production of Julius Caesar in New Yorks Central Park on June 12.Eustis gave the Shakespeare classic modern relevance by highlighting the dangers that came from authorities who pursue a democracy by non-democratic means; the danger of a large crowd of people manipulated by their emotions, taken over by leaders who urge them to do things that not are only against their interests but destroy the very institutions that are there to serve and protect them.The show caused controversy for featuring a Caesar, whose characters and attire are not unlike President Donald Trump, being stabbed to death by politicians. Critics said the play encouraged violence against the president, but Eustis said neither Shakespeare nor the Public Thea

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