Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Protester who disrupted Central Park's 'Julius Caesar' production Periscoped herself doing it

Protester who disrupted Central Park's 'Julius Caesar' production Periscoped herself doing it

It should be noted that one of the major themes of Julius Caesar, which has been performed in many iterations over hundreds of years, is the negative ramifications of political violence.

Security removed protester Laura Loomer from the stage to raucous applause from the audience.

As she walks on stage, Loomer yells, "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right".

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". You don't "take back" theater overnight, and you certainly don't do it by rudely interrupting a performance then calling the audience murderers and Nazis. You are inciting terrorists. Posobiec also referenced this week's mass-shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which left five people injured, including the House Majority Whip.

Loomer, 24, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

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She tweeted after midnight, "I'm out of jail, but I'm not apologetic".

A supporter of President Trump jumped onstage during a performance of "Julius Caesar" in Central Park before she was arrested, police said.

Still, with news of the production breaking so soon after Kathy Griffin's gross, unfunny mock-beheading of Trump, a misreading - willful or otherwise - of director Oskar Eustis' intentions was inevitable.

In a statement, the Public Theater said the show was stopped for "less than a minute" and credited Public Theater stage manager for handling the incident "beautifully". Freedom!' The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued. The actor playing Caesar looks like President Donald Trump and is murdered in the play by the Roman Senate. So, here, it's the Trump-like version that meets the same fate. Fox News' condemnation of the "NYC play" depicting the assassination of the president sparked so much outrage that two of the Shakespeare production's corporate sponsors, Bank of America and Delta, withdrew their financial support. "Anybody who watches this play tonight-and I'm sorry there's going to be a couple of spoiler alerts here-will know that neither Shakespeare nor the Public Theater could possibly advocate violence as a solution to political problems, and certainly not assassination". "This play, on the contrary, warns about what happens when you try to preserve democracy by nondemocratic means, and again, spoiler alert, it doesn't end up too good".

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