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’”.
Many people have used Shakespearean plays as a backdrop for current political discussion. I am also guilty of using the bard to state my points. (see Conscience of a King). While I don’t think I killed anyone off, Shakespeare provided a good framework for the point at hand.
Entertainment is often not tasteful. My protests have always have been to just stay away. Apparently the younger set prefers disruption. I thought the man and woman were far more offensive than what I could see of the play. Let’s face it, Julius Caesar was assassinated.
I wonder how many of the people who are so worked up about all of this know when Julius Caesar was assassinated or in what century(ies) William Shakespeare actually wrote. Truly classic works of art should transcend the ages. Topics such as blind ambition, loyalty and freedom have crossed the eons. Apparently these issues are alive and kicking today.
Julius Caesar is a short-lived outdoor production. Let’s keep it in its proper perspective. The Right has no room to squawk about violence when I can think of at least 4 abortion providers who have been murdered, as well as countless other violence related issues. Anyone who is motivated to violence in the name politics is an extremist. Those folks need to get it under control.