Trump supporter interrupts controversial Julius Caesar play in New York


mentalfloss
#1
'Free speech, but only my free speech.'


Trump supporter interrupts controversial Julius Caesar play in New York

A rightwing protester has been charged with trespassing after interrupting a New York production of Julius Caesar during the assassination scene and shouting: “This is violence against Donald Trump.”

The protester, who later identified herself as Laura Loomer, interrupted the Shakespeare in the Park production on Friday night and shouted “this is political violence against the right” while audience members booed and told her to get off the stage.

The incident was filmed by Jack Posobiec, a rightwing provocateur best known for helping to spread the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. He stood up as Loomer was escorted off stage by security guards and yelled at the crowd: “You are all Goebbels. You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels … You are inciting terrorists. The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands.”

Scalise, a top-ranking Republican, was wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, had a history of domestic violence. He was also a Bernie Sanders supporter who had criticized Trump on social media.

Posobiec continued to film himself saying “Goebbels would be proud” as he was escorted from the theatre, posting the video on Twitter with the caption: “Julius Caesar Gets SHUTDOWN.”

Reports from the audience said the play resumed within a minute, with the stage manager directing the cast to “pick up at ‘liberty and freedom’”.

Loomer was arrested outside the theatre after she allegedly refused police requests to stop shouting and move along. She was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and bailed just over two hours later.

The protest was aimed at an artistic decision to set the play in a modern political setting, with Caesar looking decidedly like Donald Trump. As in every production of the play in the 418 years since it debuted, just as happened in 44BC, Caesar is assassinated.

In a statement issued after the play, director Oskar Eustis said: “Free speech for all, but let’s not stop the show.”

“The staff removed the protesters peacefully and the show resumed with the line ‘Liberty! Freedom!’,” he told the New York Times. “The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued. Free speech for all, but let’s not stop the show.”

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Danbones
Free Thinker
#2
Kill mental floss, he is an idiot...naw, just chop off his little head - he shouldn't breed...
He is far worse then trump...he is crooked and dishonest (we don't need no stinkin' proof!!!)

There, how do you like it dood?...feel good to know you are that disrespected?

So the trump supporter doesn't get free speech, only the soros supported nazi left does eh?
figures...if soros is paying, and he is admittedly, it ain't free speech:
it's paid for speech.

“You are all Goebbels,” Posobiec shouted in the video, referring to the Nazi propaganda minister. “You are inciting terrorists! ... The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!”
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"Delta Air Lines and the Bank of America pulled sponsorship from the Public Theater, which produces New York’s annual “Shakespeare In the Park” summer series."
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mentalfloss
#3
So you would defend this if a gender pronoun was improperly used.

Good to know.
 
Serryah
Free Thinker
#4
I understand that the production company does this.

They've 'modernized' Caesar before.

In 15, they had a black guy as Caesar; can't tell me that was not reflective of the times.

IMO it's thin skinned, uncertain of Trump people who are taking issue with it too much. It's Julius Caesar; Shakespeare. If you're looking at the color of the person, or who the person might be, you're missing the point of the play overall.
 
Jinentonix
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

'Free speech, but only my free speech.'

Wow, the clueless hypocrisy is very strong in this one. "Duh, we're gonna simulate duh assassination of our president under duh guise of "art and free speech".

I wonder what your reaction would be to a modern day Julius Caesar play that is clearly substituting Trudeau for Caesar.
If one of your ilk tried to stop the play like the guy in your OP did, would you still have the same shithead attitude or would you be defending his actions? You have certainly given the impression over the years on a couple of forums I've seen you on that you would defend his actions.

And at it's most basic level, how was this any different than the leftist shitheads trashing their campus in a temper tantrum because of someone scheduled to speak at the university? You know, the same kind of actions you defend.
Buddy didn't destroy anything. He didn't set anything on fire. He didn't assault anyone. And yet you feel the need to denigrate him for peacefully protesting some stupid self-indulgent little play simulating the murder of the president.

It's amazing how you can so frequently demonstrate your level of gross partisan hypocrisy in 7 words or less.

Quote: Originally Posted by Serryah View Post

I understand that the production company does this.

They've 'modernized' Caesar before.

In 15, they had a black guy as Caesar; can't tell me that was not reflective of the times.

IMO it's thin skinned, uncertain of Trump people who are taking issue with it too much. It's Julius Caesar; Shakespeare. If you're looking at the color of the person, or who the person might be, you're missing the point of the play overall.

Oddly enough, the point of the play is you can't even trust your closest friends. And of course much like Hollywood does today, Shakespeare frequently employed artistic and dramatic licence when dealing with real people and/or events.
As for trying to draw comparisons between JC and Obama or Trump, it's ludicrous since neither are a f*cking thing like Julius Caesar. It's rather sad to think that there are people out there whose sole source of knowledge about Julius Caesar comes from a Shakespeare play.
If you want to know the real history lesson to take away from Julius Caesar it's to be magnanimous in victory, especially when it's over your own people via civil war.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#6
If only these idiot malcontents understood they vote for the same party every time they vote and they get a subsection of the capstones owned and operated meat handlers.
 
petros
#7
The real voting power is in being an active voting share owner in the Corporate landscape.