Two protesters disrupted the New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar with one being arrested on Friday night, police and the Public Theater said. Apparently, the blogger accused the actors and production of encouraging political violence.
The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of the Shakespeare tragedy, in which the title character and his wife are portrayed by actors looking and sounding like POTUS and FLOTUS, has drawn protests from the right and resulted in defunding by corporate sponsors and distancing from the National Endowment for the Arts. "The left lost their safe space!"
The young woman belongs to an online, right-wing group called The Rebel Media.
Loomer, 24, was arrested for misdemeanor criminal tresspassing and disorderly conduct after rushing the stage during the open-air performance of the play on Friday evening, said a NY police spokesman. But she must appear in court to respond to the charges at an unspecified later date.
Security removed protester Laura Loomer from the stage to raucous applause from the audience. He was then led away by security guards. "The blood of Steve Scalis is on your hands!"
Delta and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorships of the Public Theater, citing the "Julius Caesar" production. You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels.
Posobiec was escorted out of the theater but was not arrested.
While the show went on, that didn't stop Posobiec, best known for peddling the Seth Rich and Pizzagate conspiracies and creating the "Rape Melania" sign, from tweeting the video with the caption, "BREAKING: Julius Ceasar Gets SHUTDOWN". A New York Times review of the latest Broadway production of The Crucible notes how it "insists that we identify with not only the victims of persecution but also with those who would judge them".
"While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption unfortunately was part of a paid strategy driven by social media", the message read.
The play drew criticism for dialing up violent leftist propaganda against Trump amid condemnation of a photo of comedian Kathy Griffin channeling an ISIS terrorist by holding up a severed head of Trump. As a effect, she lost her job as a co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage.
In a contemporary interpretation of the play, a Donald Trump lookalike with reddish blond hair and wearing a business suit rather than Roman robes is stabbed to death, a revision that author William Shakespeare never contemplated but that has made national headlines.
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