Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler roast "Julius Caesar" protests

The "Weekend Update" veterans took a stab at the controversy surrounding Shakespeare in the Park

Taylor Link
June 22, 2017 12:26PM (UTC)

Former "SNL" stars Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler had a reunion of sorts Wednesday when the "Parks and Recreation" actress joined the late-night comedian for a hilarious segment on the Shakespeare in the Park protests.

"Really, protesters?" Poehler said on NBC's "Late Night." "You'd wait in line for Shakespeare in the Park tickets to a play you hate and watch for three hours just to run on stage to protect someone dressed like the president from getting pretend-stabbed with a fake knife?"


"If you want to change this country you can't just sit around your house, yelling at the TV. You have to get out there and yell at a play," she added.

Meyers noted that Caesar and Trump have little in common, besides the fact that they both have casinos named after them.

"And, really, you could tell that Caesar wasn't really Trump because the Senate stabbed him instead of just passing a shit health care bill," he said.

Poehler then argued that the protestors were only helping the snowflake liberals that the protestors clearly loathe.

"When you pulled your stunt, that audience was definitely buzzed on rosé and this close to passing out," she said. "All you did was give them an anecdote to tell at their fancy liberal cocktail parties. 'You know, I was at the 'Caesar' that was interrupted.'"

Meyers pointed out that free speech advocates can't have it both ways.


"Also, this is really important. Free speech isn't about just protecting speech you like. So if you think it is terrible to interrupt 'Julius Caesar,' you have to think it's terrible to interrupt Ann Coulter even if you think she is terrible," he said.

"And she really is," Poehler interjected


"And sure, you can make the argument that she's not Shakespeare," Meyers concluded. "But if you shut her down, you give her power. And if you let her talk you'll find she is much ado about nothing."

Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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