Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Splat! — A Pie in the Face for Rupert Murdoch

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"It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat" — Tweet earlier today by pie-thrower Jonnie Marbles

Another emergency interruption of our series of complete books on the commedia dell' arte... but definitely in the commedia spirit!

Just a few posts ago, in writing about Improv Everywhere, I also got to talking about the history of guerrilla theatre, and the practice of "pieing" prominent political figures. So this just in: a British comedian/activist who goes by the name of Jonnie Marbles somehow got himself and a shaving cream pie into the Parliamentary interrogation of media baron Rupert Murdoch and managed to plaster the old guy right in the kisser. (If you don't know who Murdoch is or why he's suddenly in trouble, click here... and read the newspaper once in a while, why dontcha?!) Marble had tweeted about his planned attack beforehand, paraphrasing the famous last sentence from Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

DickensIt is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
Marbles:  It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat

Here's a video that caught some of the action, as reported by Murdoch's own Fox News:

The event is getting a lot of media attention. For example, from the NY Daily News:

You can read the whole article here.  If you check out the media coverage of the event, you'll see that some news outlets try to frame it as an act of violence meant to harm Murdoch physically rather than as a stunt meant to embarrass him and send a message. Hmm....

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