Among the most admirable and reliable qualities of
At least he did before Friday.
In a segment on free speech, Maher demonstrated a lack of preparedness when he and Breitbart News Network editor in chief Alex Marlow discussed how Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled corporate funding from the New York Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Ceasar,” in which a Caesar clearly modeled after
The right-wing Breitbart News raised the first loud outcry with a headline "'Trump' stabbed to death in Central Park Performance of 'Julius Caesar." Fox News also expressed outrage.
On “Real Time,” Maher said he understood the furor. “If [
“Absolutely,” Marlow said. “It would be bedlam in the media.” He compared the staged killing to
"I really think they should not have Trump playing Julius Caesar and getting stabbed," Maher said.
But supporters of the Public Theater have pointed out in the wake of the controversy that a 2012 production of "Julius Caesar" at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater cast the tyrant as a tall, lanky African American with a resemblance to Barack Obama, and that sponsors of that venue, including Delta Air Lines, did not object.
Other theater historians say that past Caesars have resembled former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Reagan and Lincoln.