The Republican outrage against a New York theatre’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, featuring the murder a Trump-like Caesar is overblown and hypocritical, claims Jamie Peck of the Guardian. Such anger over a stage death is deeply misplaced in the context of Republican cuts to healthcare, which will result in real deaths. Furthermore, the play in fact warns against the dangers of murdering political leaders, even if one opposes them. Shakespeare’s brilliance lies in a play that reflects the politics of any era. Republicans demonstrate that freedom of expression takes a second seat when it doesn’t reflect their views.
The decision to make Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Trump-themed reflects the Left’s uncreative enthusiasm to make every piece of art about the current president, believes Kyle Smith of National Review. Funded by American taxpayers, the theatre should not have broadcast its political partisanship and antagonism towards the president. Were the tables turned and an Obama-like figure assassinated, liberals would surely be in outrage. Broadway in particular has become monotonous with plays that directly or indirectly criticize the president. By allowing anti-Trump sentiments to cloud their work, artists are decreasing its quality.