Donald Trump Julius Caesar Assassination

Donald Trump Julius Caesar Assassination

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Donald Trump Julius Caesar Assassination refers to a controversial production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which the title character, a populist leader, is depicted as President Donald Trump. After a bootleg video of the play's finale, during which Caesar is assassinated, leaked online, corporate sponsors dropped support of the production.


Belived to have been written in 1599, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar adapts the Roman leader as a tragic populist leader murdered by his senate. The play has long been one of Shakespeare's most controversial as it is frequently adapted to fit modern politics. In 1937, Citizen Kane-director Orson Welles staged a production featuring Nazi imagery, then on the rise in Germany and Italy.[1] In 2012, an adaptation in Minneapolis put then-president Barack Obama in the role.[20]

Following Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, theater executive Oskar Eustis decided to produce a version of Caesar where the title character looks like Trump for the 2017 Public Theater production in New York City's Central Park.[2] The play began previews on May 23rd.


On June 6th, a radio interview between comedian Joe Piscopo and Laura Sheaffer, a sales manager at Salem Media, went viral, after Sheaffer described her outrage after having seen the show.[3] During the interview, she describes his death by the hands of someone who resembles Melania Trump and a nude scene that she says makes a mockery of the presidency. Since being uploaded to YouTube, the interview has been viewed more than 14,000 times (listen below).

The following day, Inside Edition's YouTube channel uploaded footage of Caesar's assassination, in which the character in Trump's garb is stabbed to death. Within a week of its upload, the video has been watched more than 238,000 times.

On June 11th, Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr,[5] retweeted a Fox news article about the play. In the tweet, he said, "I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does 'art' become political speech & does that change things?" The tweet (shown below) received more than 5,500 retweets and 13,500 likes.

Donald Trump Jr. @DonaldJTrumpJr I wonder how much of this "art" is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does "art" become political speech & does that change things? Fox News@FoxNews NYC Play Appears to Depict Assassination of @POTUS

On June 11th and 12th, three major sponsors pulled funding from the Public Theater's production, Bank of America and Delta.[7] In a series of statements via Twitter (shown below), Bank of America[4] and American Express,[6] explained their reasoning.

Bank of America News News @BofA News We are withdrawing our funding Bank of America supports art programs worldwide, including an 11-year partnership with The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend. Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it. We are withdrawing our funding for this production. Bank of America American Express @AmericanExpress A Statement from American Express: We would like to clarify that our sponsorship of the Public Theater does not fund the production of Shakespeare in the Park nor do we condone the interpretation of the Julus Caesar play

On June 12th, 2017, the show opened. That night, Eustis delivered remarks before the show about the meaning and intention of the work (shown below). In his speech, he said:

"We try to hold a mirror up to nature. It’s what Shakespeare was doing, it’s what we’re doing. When we hold the mirror up to nature, often what we reveal are disturbing, upsetting, provoking things. Thank God. That’s our job. Anybody who sees this play tonight, and I’m sorry there’s going to be a couple of spoilers, will know that neither Shakespeare nor the Public Theater could possibly advocate violence as a solution to political problems and certainly not assassination."

Media Coverage

Several news outlets covered the controversy, including The New York Times, Breitbart,[8] HuffPo,[9] The Washington Post,[10] BBC[11] and more. Twitter published two Moments page on the production, one on the controversy[12] and the other on The Public Theater's response.[13]

On Reddit, there were several threads in the /r/The_Donald subreddit regarding the controversy,[14][15][16][17] as well as threads in /r/politics[18] and /r/conservative.[19]

Search Interest

External References

[1] Wikipedia – Julius Caesar

[2] The New York Times – How Outrage Built Over a Shakespearean Depiction of Trump

[3] Mediaite – Senators Stab Trump to Death in Central Park Performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

[4] Twitter – @BofA_News' Tweet

[5] Twitter – @DonaldJTrumpJr's Tweet

[6] Twitter – @AmericanExpress' Tweet

[7] The New York Times – Et Tu, Delta? Shakespeare in the Park Sponsors Withdraw From Trump-Like ‘Julius Caesar’

[8] Breitbart – 'Trump' Stabbed to Death in Central Park Perfromance of 'Julius Caesar'

[9] HuffPo – Donald Trump Jr. Tweets About ‘Julius Caesar’ After Top Lawmaker and Others Shot

[10] The Washington Post – Delta pulled funding from a Trump-esque ‘Julius Caesar’ -- but not from an Obama-like version in 2012

[11] BBC – Trump-like Julius Caesar play boycotted by US firms

[12] Twitter – Julius Caesar production causes stir over likeness to Trump

[13] Twitter – Julius Caesar's opening night: 'Nobody owns the truth'

[14] Reddit – Delta ends sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park over Julius Caesar that depicts Trump assassination.

[15] Reddit – Delta pulls Shakespeare in the Park sponsorship over Trump-like Julius Caesar

[16] Reddit – AMEX bends the knee on Shakespeare in the Park.

[17] Reddit – Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park over ‘Julius Caesar’ stunt that shows Trump assassination

[18] Reddit – Shakespeare in the Park featured a Trump-like Julius Caesar, and right-wing media freaked out

[19] Reddit – ‘President Donald Trump’ graphically stabbed to death in Central Park Shakespeare production

[20] The Washington Post – Delta pulled funding from a Trump-esque ‘Julius Caesar’ -- but not from an Obama-like version in 2012

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Tchefuncte Bonaparte
Tchefuncte Bonaparte

Wait am I reading this right? Corporations sponsored a version of Julius Caesar where Caesar was replaced with Trump and then dropped support when they found out Caesar gets killed? Did everyone in these corporations skip their highschool English classes?


> the play’s finale, during which Caesar is assassinated
It happens about 60% into the play, so more of a midpoint than a finale.

Anybody saying that this glorifies assassination hasn’t seen or read the play. You might as well say that Bambi glorifies hunting because it has someone kill a deer. Things turn into seriously bad shit as a result of the killing.


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