About that Trump as Caesar Thing…
If you haven’t noticed it, here’s the story via the NYT: Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park and another version via BoGlo: Knives are out for theaters that bear the name ‘Shakespeare’. The result has been a lot of sturm und drang on TV and online, and the pulling of sponsorships.
In reviewing the various responses online and on TV about the terrible nature of a Trumpesque Caesar, please note the following recent examples of using contemporary politicians as Caesar.
BroadwayWorld has learned that in their 2012 season, during which Delta Airlines was a Business Circle sponsor – The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis presented an Obama inspired Julius Caesar co-produced with The Acting Company.
MSP Mag described the production in a review: “And, because Caesar is cast as a tall, lanky black man, the Obama inference is a bit too obvious. But it fits, sort of. Like Caesar, Obama rose to power on a tide of public goodwill; like Caesar, there were many in government who doubted Obama’s leadership abilities; and now that Obama’s first term has failed to live up to the messianic hype, there are plenty of people who-for the good of the country, you understand, not their own glory-want to take Obama down.”
And this via The Atlantic:
In 2015, a production of Julius Caesar at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence gave a spin to the Shakespearian history play by reimagining the title character as a woman. The show was largely interpreted by critics to be referencing Hillary Clinton, especially considering that when its “Caesar” was murdered at the beginning of Act Three she was wearing a striking white pantsuit.
Perhaps most significantly, from the same piece:
Many commentators have argued that, rather than advocate for the assassination of a controversial political figure, Julius Caesar does the opposite, warning of the chaos that comes from such action.
Indeed, as Dan Nexon noted
A bunch of far-right agitators tried to shut down a play that represents Trump as a master military leader and politician, brought down by jealousy and fear, and whose murder ushers in dictatorial empire.
It is as if the protesters in question are unfamiliar with the play or something. (Not too mention the salient fact that one of the main agitators is Jack Posobiec, a promoter of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory).