Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Woman who stormed stage during 'Julius Caesar' is arrested

PM-1497663026 Protestor rushes stage at controversial 'Julius Caesar' play
Juana Turner | 18 June, 2017, 01:14

The Trump-like character assassinated in a NY production of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" had a dramatic new scene this weekend: A 24-year-old woman stormed the stage, yelling, "Do you want Trump to be assassinated?" In the middle of the show, a woman walks onto the Central Park stage shouting, "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right".

The play was briefly interrupted as a PA announcer called for security to escort Loomer out of the venue as the audience booed her and cheered at her removal.

Gregg Henry, centre, portrays Trump in the role of Julius Caesar, a characterisation that has drawn criticism from right wingers. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

"You are all Goebbels, you are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels", the man said as he pointed at the audience. Goebbels was the minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany. You are all inciting terrorists!

Such claims have been a theme among many on the right in the aftermath of the shooting, which left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) critically wounded. Goebbels would be proud.

Loomer was arrested following the incident when she refused to leave the scene, The New York Times reported.

"Two protesters disrupted our show tonight; we stopped the show for less than a minute and our stage manager handled it beautifully". The staff removed the protesters peacefully, and the show resumed with the line "Liberty! Freedom! The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued", the statement read. "Free speech for all, but let's not stop the show", said Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of the Public Theater and director of the show.

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

The open-air stage production featuring a magnetic blond businessman as the ill-fated Caesar, prompted outrage from the president's supporters who said the link with Trump would encourage political violence.

At the moment when Trump was being gleefully murdered - an applause moment for America's left-wing entertainment elites - Laura jumped on stage and condemned the play for normalizing political violence. While they may have failed in their primary goal of activist mischief - I happened to be sitting in the audience and can attest that the brief disruption merely added a frisson of excitement to an excellent, already electric production, so, thanks for that, dudes - they did manage one neat trick, turning one of Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedies, ever so briefly, into a comedy.

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