For the second time in three days, protesters disrupted a controversial production of “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park in which the titular dictator is depicted as being closely akin to President Donald Trump and is murdered on stage.
One protester had a three-word message for the crowd gathered to watch the play: “Liberal hate kills!”
The protester, whose name is not known, was carried away by security after disrupting the performance. It was the second time that the play has been disrupted since the shooting of several conservative lawmakers and officials, including Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, in Alexandria, Virginia last week.
Video of the event is below:
It was the final night of the performance of the Public Theater’s production of the play, which has seen two major sponsors withdraw their support: Delta Air Lines and Bank of America.
“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” the airline said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News.
“Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of The Public Theater effective immediately.”
“Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park,” a spokeswoman for the bank told the paper.
“The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in a way that was intended to provoke and offend. Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it.”
According to the New York Post, the first protest had been organized by bloggers with Canadian website The Rebel. That time, the Public Theater blamed it on paid protests. It’ll be interesting to see who or what they’ll blame it on this time. Trump? Gun laws? Judge Crater? We’ll have to wait and see.
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