Huh. Woman who rushed the stage at Shakespeare in the Park doesn't SEEM starved for attention or anything. pic.twitter.com/XvroAsRgPJ
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 17, 2017
As reported in the Washington Post:
Two right-wing activists interrupted the Friday evening performance of a controversial production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park, causing a stir on social media — where numerous videos of the protest proliferated — and resulting in one woman’s arrest.
In the videos, a woman identified as Laura Loomer, an employee of the far-right website Rebel Media, can be seen storming the stage during the scene of the title character’s assassination, shouting “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable!”…
Within the commotion, a second pro-Trump protester, Jack Posobiec, can be seen standing and yelling in the audience, “You are all Goebbels!” and “The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!”…
In a string of tweets, the Public Theater confirmed the interruption at its Friday show and said it had been “part of a paid strategy driven by social media.”…
Posobiec, a Washington-based Trump supporter who formerly also worked for Rebel Media, told The Washington Post on Saturday that, contrary to some media reports, he and Loomer did not coordinate their protests. Rather, he had attended the performance at the encouragement of alt-right personality Mike Cernovich, who posted a “challenge” on Periscope last week offering a $1,000 prize for anyone who could get tickets to the play and interrupt the show….
Cash Rules Everything Around Them — dolla-dolla, get tha monee…
America: people are calling & emailing theaters called "Shakespeare" across the country complaining about their play https://t.co/a0yxHpbfHh
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) June 17, 2017
First they came after the Shakespearean production companies and I said nothing because … wait a minute, what the hell?!? https://t.co/xARQcUCmtk
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 17, 2017
To be fair, there is a very old American tradition of interrupting plays. pic.twitter.com/hYEpY693X1
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 17, 2017
About 50% of accounts demanding a Julius Caesar staging be closed because it offends them have "not politically correct" in their profiles.
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) June 17, 2017
People who interrupt live performances should be arrested.
I don't feel like this is a particular controversial position.
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) June 17, 2017
Just when you might think it can’t possibly get any dumber…
You go on offense and win by destroying the reputations and careers of those on the left. Not by disrupting a play and becoming the story.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 17, 2017
Tomorrow I'll be holding a production of the Salem Witch Trials where Hillary is burned at the stake
— Jack Posobiec ???? (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017
So glad Twitter is finally being adapted for the stage https://t.co/eC2ie1Ndnl
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 17, 2017
This dumbass doesn’t even understand what a fucking brilliant production choice this would be for The Crucible. https://t.co/4tAPWtU3N9
— Jesper Andersen (@jandersen) June 17, 2017
For the record: None of the Salem Witch Trial victims were actually “burned at the stake” — they were hanged, suffocated, or died of neglect while imprisoned. (IIRC, the Puritans considered burning infidels a disgusting effete Papist custom, not something to be emulated by decent God-fearing Christians.)
And on today’s trolley tours, the Salem tourist guides explain that the whole witch scandal was part social hysteria and part scheming by the local elite to acquire more property and political power. Not that we Moderns would know anything about situations like that…