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Don’t Lend Them Your Ears: Protesters Interrupt Trump-ified ‘Julius Caesar’ Again

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I can deal with the fact that other people have different political views than I do, but when they lack basic media literacy, it becomes too tiresome to bear.

To wit: the Public Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Central Park, which has been met with right-wing protests multiple times over the weekend. During yesterday’s performance, a couple of men stormed the stage at separate points, shouting things like “Liberal hate kills” and “Goebbels would be proud” (referring to Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister).

The sticking point for these party poopers is the series of links this production draws to the current American administration: the title character is dressed like Trump, he is stabbed to death by women and minorities, and Caesar’s wife Calpurnia has a Slovenian accent.

According to Oskar Eustis, the play’s director, this particular work from the Bard “warns about what happens when you try to preserve democracy by non-democratic means.” So basically the protesters have it backwards. I am not sure if they are serious or this is meant to be some sort of “prank.”

When reached for his take, Joseph Goebbels had no comment.

[via Vulture]

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