Monday, June 19, 2017

Then Fail, Caesar!

Hundreds of Trump voters have been venting their anger over Shakespeare in the Park 's recent production of "Julius Caesar" which featured a Trump-like actor in the title role.  There was no outrage over a similar production five years ago that featured a Barack Obama lookalike in the title role. A sampling of the recent vitriol:

"Your play depicting the murder of our President is nothing but pure hatred. You are vial [sic] despicable excuses for human beings. I wish you all the worst possible life you could have and hope you all get sick and die."

 "Hope you all who did this play about Trump are the first do [sic] die when ISIS COMES TO YOU fucking sumbags [sic]."

 "What exactly were you idiots thinking about producing a play that depicts the killing of our President? Does anyone over there have an ounce of morality, decency, and or common sense? Your organization is a disgrace to the community and to the arts. If you have a problem with the president protest, as is your constitutional right or just vote him out. I will do my best to ensure taxpayers' dollars are not used in the future to fund your disrespect and stupidity!"

Problem is, these threats (misspellings and grammatical errors included) were mistakenly sent to other Shakespeare companies across the country, including those in Massachusetts, Dallas and Washington, DC. 

"It's a case of mistaken identity," admits Raphael Parry, the artistic director at Shakespeare Dallas.  Yet he remains unsympathetic, saying.  "If you don't want to see political commentary, don't go see it.  Don't blast everyone who's in theatre or the arts. It's unbelievable. It's shocking. People need to do their research before they blast off."

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