Is Pie-Throwing Ever Morally Justifiable?
July 20, 2011
I can’t find anyone who approves of what happened yesterday, when news titan Rupert Murdoch suffered a near-shaving-cream-pie in the face during a hearing before members of Parliament in London. Everyone seems to agree that the pie-thrower, “activist” Jonnie Marbles, is a dumbass. We even seem to agree that Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, is a badass. (If you’re late to the story, Wendi personally lunged at Marbles and smacked him on the head.
The never-ending News Of The World saga took a strange turn today when someone tried to pie Rupert Murdoch in the midst of his appearance in Parliament. The shaving-cream pie assailant is allegedly “Jonnie Marbles,” a self-described activist who invoked Sydney Carton (“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...”) and took responsibility for the attack on Twitter. From the video, it appears that Marbles, who was ultimately arrested, didn’t quite succeed in reaching Murdoch.
On Tuesday, Parliament’s hearing on News Corp was abruptly interrupted after a protester rushed toward Rupert Murdoch and tried to hit him in the face with shaving cream. The protester was identified as British comedian Jonnie Marbles, who tweeted about his intentions before the attack. “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before (at)splat,” he tweeted, riffing off Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. The incident caused an uproar, but Murdoch was certainly not the first public figure to be “creamed,” so to speak.