Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer, adopting the censorious and antispeech tactics of those they despise, disrupted yesterday’s evening showing of the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” that features a graphic assassination of a President Donald Trump version of Caesar.
Loomer rushed the stage shouting that the scene was an “act of political violence against the right,” and said the play was “unacceptable.” The play was briefly halted, and the crowd appropriately jeered as Loomer was taken away by security. Then Posobiec stood up and shouted, “You are all Goebbels! Goebbels would be proud!” He also also shouted that the blood of wounded Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was on the audience’s hands.
A play is free speech and performance art, in this case, political performance art. The actors have a right to present the play, and the audience has a right to watch it. Nobody has a right to disrupt the performance, no matter what the subject matter is, and no matter what the motives of the disrupters may be.
Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer are hypocrites. Glenn Reynolds, law professor and USA Today columnist, disgraced himself by writing,
“Is this dumb? Yeah, but that never stopped lefties and now they’re getting to see what it feels like to have your hair pulled.”
…thus endorsing a pure tit for tat, mob ethics, “you do it to us so we’ll do it to you” ethics death-spiral. A law professor. He should be ashamed of himself, especially as the Instapundit, an icon of the Right, a status I have seen him abuse too often already. Then he cites with approval this similarly ethics-free post by cult conservative blogger Ace of Spades, in which Ace advocates the Right using the same tactics as the Left has been using, engaging in indoctrination, intimidation, and censorship. I don’t generally read this blogger because of this: his ethical values waft depending upon which side is breaching them.
If conservatives won’t fight for free speech and sink to engaging in the same thuggery the Left has been mastering of late, then free speech is doomed. The only question will be which ideologues determine what is “offensive” and “acceptable.”
Meanwhile, I have a diminishing storehouse of sympathy for performance artists and the theater community. With their hypocritical endorsement of the “Hamilton” cast’s flagrant violation of the traditional relationship of trust between performers and audience members by choosing to harass one from the stage for cheap political grandstanding, they signaled their consent to suspend the rules when it suited their personal agendas. This doesn’t justify audience members striking back in kind, but it does limit my patience for listening to show business hypocrites as they complain about it. You opened that door, my friends.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.