Earlier this month, a Donald Trump-inspired production of Julius Caesar from New York’s Shakespeare In The Park program became annoyingly controversial when Fox News hosts noticed that the modern-reimagining of William Shakespeare’s play involved making Caesar himself look a bit like Donald Trump. Since the show involves Caesar getting stabbed to death, they—and a lot of other stupid Trump supporters—took this as an apparent endorsement of assassinating the president.
Of course, anyone with a basic understanding of Julius Caesar should recognize that the play is definitely not an endorsement of the assassination, but that didn’t stop multiple conservative snowflakes from rushing the stage and calling the actors Nazis. It also didn’t stop multiple longtime advertisers from cutting ties with New York’s Public Theater, which produces Shakespeare In The Park, even though one of those same advertisers was totally cool with a Julius Caesar production that involved stabbing a Barack Obama lookalike. To its credit, the Public Theater stood behind its play and refused to apologize for any of the content in its production of Julius Caesar.
Apparently, though, the backlash goes a bit further than the dropped monocles of the aforementioned conservative snowflakes. According to a new report from the Associated Press, the wife of Oskar Eustis, the director of this production of Julius Caesar, has been receiving death threats that she “believes were related to the play.” She filed a complaint earlier this month with the New York Police Department, saying that she had gotten “threatening phone messages,” and one caller in particular said that they “wanted her to die” because her husband supposedly wants Trump to die. The AP story doesn’t say if Eustis has also received death threats, but he has said that “violence is not a solution to political problems.”