The New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” was interrupted by two protestors with one being arrested. Now, supporters of President Donald Trump are backing the hashtag #FreeLaura. Right-wing activist and Rebel Media’s Laura Loomer livestreamed herself rushing the stage. By midnight, Loomer had posted she had been released from jail.
Nonetheless, social media users were debating who actions that resulted in her being charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
According to her video, she rushed onto the Delacorte Theater stage during the scene where Caesar is assassinated and yelled “stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable … this is violent!” The crowd mainly yelled for her to get off the stage or booed as she compared the production to ISIS and yelled “shame!”
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.”
Here are some reactions on social media to the hashtag to #FreeLaura. What do you think of the protesting? Were you outraged by the production? Let us know in the comments section.
Leftists burn American flags, throw rocks and debris without consequences, one girl storms a stage and SJW’s have her arrested. #FreeLaura
— RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) June 17, 2017
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) June 17, 2017
Hey, leftists- I thought your whole defense of that play revolved around free speech? Yet you have a woman arrested 4 protesting? #FreeLaura
— Sarah Huckabee (@SarrahHuckabee) June 17, 2017
Apparently killing the POTUS is ok but protesting political violence isn’t. Shakespeare in the Park here in NYC should be ashamed #FreeLaura
— Millennial Girl (@millennialgirlx) June 17, 2017
Laura yelled for them to stop depicting political violence, and ghe crowd booed. Let that sink in #FreeLaura
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017
Pro-Trump activist Jack Posobiec also posted video of the incident on Twitter. From the audience, Posobiec yelled to the actors and the crowd. “You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels … You are all inciting terrorists! The blood of Steve Scalise in on your hands!” he yelled, in reference to the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others earlier this week at a baseball practice.
Scalise, a top-ranking Republican, was wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, had a history of domestic violence. He was also a Bernie Sanders supporter who had criticized Trump on social media.
WATCH: The full protest and arrest here:
The theater has defended the work, which can be interpreted as a cautionary tale that warns against violence. In the play, the republic falls apart shortly after Caesar’s assassination.
“Our production of ‘Julius Caesar’ in no way advocates violence towards anyone,” the theater said in a statement. “Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save.”
The Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park has drawn criticism this year because the Caesar character bears a resemblance to Trump and some have criticized the violent death scene as too realistic.
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