Two reporters protested a performance of the play Julius Caesar in New York's Central Park to condemn violent leftist rhetoric against President Trump and his supporters.
Two pro-Trump protesters interrupted a performance of Julius Caesar in Central Park Friday evening.
The controversy comes from the fact that the title character (murdered and avenged, as per history and Shakespeare) has been cast and costumed to look like President Donald Trump.
On Friday night, the show was disrupted by protesters, and one woman, who goes by the name Laura Loomer, made a Periscope video of herself temporarily halting the production. "Stop leftist violence!" she urged before being yanked off stage by security. We're going to pause. As the audience begins to boo, Loomer tried to shame the public theater company, Kathy Griffin (who recently pretended to behead Trump in a photo shoot), and the audience members who were watching.
The actors recovered quickly though audience members were momentarily confused-much of the play features actors jumping up from the crowd and shouting their lines towards the stage. "This is all Goebbels. You are inciting terrorists", before he, too, was led out by security.
"Goebbels would be proud!" The play resumed after he and Loomer were removed.
According to the New York Post, Laura Loomer, who works for the alt-right website The Rebel, rushed the stage while Jack Posobiec, a popular social media alt-right personality, filmed her and shouted Nazi references. The New York Police Department arrested and charged her with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Certain segments of the Right have been stirred by news reports of this Caesar, in which the assassinated Roman emporer has been recast as a Trump figure.
The play, put on by The Public Theater, portrays a dictator, with the intention of imitating Donald Trump, in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage. But the theater has defended its staging of the play, saying that it "in no way advocates violence towards anyone". In the play, the republic falls apart shortly after Caesar's assassination.
Bank of America said in a statement, "The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was meant to provoke and offend". "Shakespeare's play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a bad price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save".