Former Saturday Night Live host John Mulaney came under fire this weekend for his Julius Caesar-inspired joke about "stabbing Trump."
The comedian evoked quite a reaction when he compared "powerful maniac" Julius Caesar to Donald Trump, telling the SNL audience an assassination would be interesting to try.
Senators who wanted a constitutional republic conspired against Caesar, cultminating in his brutal stabbing on March 15, 44 BC at a Senate session.
Comparing the authoritarian ruler's regime to the American president, Mulvaney said: "[Caesar] started the Leap Year in order to correct the calendar and we still do it to this day.
"Another thing that happened under Julius Caesar, he was such a powerful maniac that all the senators grabbed knives and they stabbed him to death."
"That would be an interesting thing if we brought that back now," Mulvaney smirked, prompting a huge reaction on Twitter.
Although some people appreciated Mulvaney's skit, others blasted the joke which they considered a threat to Trump.
"If [SNL] thinks it is ok to assinate people they disagree with, shouldn’t it work both ways for shitty TV shows?" wrote one irate viewer, followed by the hash tag "fight back."
"So apparently it’s funny to joke about assassinating the President of the United States," agreed another user, while a third wrote "sadly, I am not at all surprised by this."
"These people are sick!" they added. But others enjoyed the jibe, describing it as "comedy gold."
So apparently it’s funny to joke about assassinating the President of the United States.
"SNL is burning down the house tonite! One of the best shows in years," commented one tweeter, while another said Mulvaney "needs his own hour long show somewhere."
But it's not the first time Trump has drawn comparisons to the Roman dictator.
New York City’s Public Theater's 2017 production of William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar" in Central Park was blasted because it portrayed Caesar as the US president.
The public theater's performance honor s the bard's legacy bringing his plays into the modern age and drawing comparisons with current events.
But the 2017 production did not go down well with a lot of audience members, politicans, news outlets or the Trump family.
Several performances were interrerupted by protesters shouting statements like "stop the normalization of political violence against the right!" according to reports.
Conservative news outlets were horrified to see a blond outspoken politician – who tweets from the bath and is married to a Slavic woman – assassinated under the American flag, less than a year into his presidency.
The play caused ructions with companies like Bank of America and Delta Airlines pulling their sponsorships, with the airline citing the “graphic staging” which “crossed the line on the standards of good taste."
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