THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF OUR TIME  2:58 pm July 19, 2011

UPDATE: Now With Slow-Motion Video of Murdoch Pie Throwing Dude

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

Here, let us all have an Important Debate over whether this flannel-clad “Jonnie Marbles” character who attempted to pie Rupert Murdoch during Parliament’s hacking inquiry is the last True Hero in the dying human civilization project known briefly as “democracy,” or a flannel-clad comedian who is merely distracting everyone from the real issues with his relatively unoriginal but historically-respected gesture to humiliate the much-loathed media mogul. Oh, and there’s always the “ITS A GIANT INSIDE JOB CONSPIRACY BY MURDOCK TO GET SYPMATHY” angle too, don’t forget. Humor website The New York Times has slowed down the video, to aid in the debate.

[NYTimes/ Guardian]

 
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Barb July 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Should have used one hot out of a 500 degree oven

freakishlywrong July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

With an anvil baked inside. For iron!

Beowoof July 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Always a cream pie, why not a hydrofluoric acid pie?

Barb July 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

That's pie-larious!

nounverb911 July 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Flannel Clad attacker? Was he from Seattle?

weejee July 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Hey nounverb yer part of the C'Addled tribe.

SorosBot July 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Or just from 1994.

horsedreamer_1 July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The NO WTO Movement Lives!

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:23 am

Berkeley lesbian.

Barb July 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Should have used a cow pie. And last, but not least, it's going to take O'Reilley until Thanksgiving to loofah all of the pie out of the old man's wrinkles.

nounverb911 July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

With a falafel?

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Better to use a pressure-washer and a shop vac.

nounverb911 July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I see his wife Wendy was there to wipe the drool from his face, so who was minding his anchor babies?

MLHencken July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The help, of course.

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:24 am

That's "WendIIIII" to you, peasant.

MLHencken July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Should have been a plate of steamin' hot Hobo Beans.

Rarian Rakista July 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Taste Bushville Beans motherfucker!

MLHencken July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

That Mrs. Murdoch is one feisty lady.

HistoriCat July 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Would it be wrong to play that in slow motion while Everybody was kung-fu fighting was in the background?

KeepFnThatChicken July 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

too soon.

Doktor Zoom July 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

She's got spunk!

I *hate* spunk!

Redhead July 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Is she the one who runs over and slaps our flannel hero?

How dare she! (Plus, how dare she wear such ugly clothes.)

Crank_Tango July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

False filling operation!

MissTaken July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Ok, first it was Murdoch going in the back door and now it's Murdoch with a face full of creampie. Hello celibacy!

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:25 am

Yeah, for some inexplicable reason, the boner's a goner at any mention of Rupie. Wrinklefucking is just not my schtick, I guess.

Sue4466 July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

What was the point of that? I wanted to see the pie hit him in the face.

Oblios_Cap July 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

His son dropped a load in true conservative fashion. It's a standard "stink up the joint" defensive manuever.

Crank_Tango July 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

who is the jackie o jumping in there at the end?

Hurricane Ali July 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Wondered that too – she went in swinging as well. Jackie-O wouldn't have done that, I don't think.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Murdoch's wife.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

That's some funny shit, the way the fembot slap-chopped that geezer! Nice vertical leap, too — they should always hand the ball to her in the Red Zone.

jus_wonderin July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I doubt that was humble pie.

Geminisunmars July 20, 2011 at 12:29 am

I love this.
“I only want to say this is the most humble day of my life.”

orygoon July 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What's with the guy who slapped down the Lady Rescuer? Was he part of the Pie Plot?

Callyson July 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

If Mrs Murdoch had slapped down Rupert for being a bad boy decades ago, like she slapped down the guy in this video, this whole hacking scandal would never have happened…

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

While driving back from Tennessee this weekend, I heard Murdoch's actual mother on a BBC/Public Radio report, saying that she disagreed with Rupe's papers' invasions of privacy, and had fought with him about this.

KeepFnThatChicken July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Is his mom still alive?!

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm
KeepFnThatChicken July 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I'll be goddamned. Well, I have always said that if you haven't taught ethics and morality to your children by the time they're ready to die, it may be too late.

BaldarTFlagass July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

He has a mother? I always thought he was vomited forth from some fetid suppurating pustule that infected the anus of Cthulhu.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

All true, but he was later adopted.

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:27 am

I suggest you marry me and not have my babies.

At this rate, I'll have proposed to every fucking commenter here by August.

Hurricane Ali July 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Was she an animated head preserved in a jar? Oh, wait. It was radio. Did she sound like an animated head preserved in a jar, though?

She must be very old, is what I'm saying.

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:27 am

He's in his 80s, which must mean she's in her 100s.

LesBontemps July 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

He has a mother? She has a lot to answer for, considering she didn't suffocate him in his crib.

emmelemm July 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Too late for retroactive abortion, I'm guessing…

SorosBot July 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

He should have used some sweet Cherry Pie, since Murdoch may be facing a Warrant for his arrest soon. That would put a smile on my face ten miles wide.

Barb July 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Yes, it would have brought back sweet memories of his first love, that sweet nurse from the Crimean war.

MissTaken July 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

You bastard. You've managed to put yet another craptastic song in my head.

SorosBot July 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Just doing my job then. I'm just glad people recognized this; I thought it might be forgotten enough that only those right around my age would know it.

emmelemm July 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Oh, I saw what you did there.

baconzgood July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

That pun hurt. Well played.

ProudLibunatic July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I wish Rupert would stop smiling!
That dodderin' ol' guy shtick is gross, (but I guess it goes with the crocodile tears)!

Monsieur_Grumpe July 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

That pie guy is a real amateur. Everyone knows you slow them down with a pie but then you finsh them off with glitter.

BaldarTFlagass July 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Trophy wife is pretty trophy-esque. guess old Rupert still likes some hair pie, anyway.

V572 Hair of Destiny July 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hate to repeat myself — well, don't really care — but as an Asian trophy wife Wendy needs to be more boobalicious.

HistoriCat July 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I'm sure she makes up for it in, uh, other ways …

V572 Hair of Destiny July 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Ben-wa!

Fred_Wertham_Jr July 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I think she's quite striking.

V572 Hair of Destiny July 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Me too, way too classy for him. Jes sayin, there's standards…

PristineODummy July 20, 2011 at 3:29 am

As she apparently demonstrated.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Needs moar Guy Fawkes mask.

widestanceroman July 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Watch yo mouf.

tcaalaw July 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Actually, I'm pretty sure that's the one thing that security at the British parliament would be really, really good about spotting.

Gratuitous World July 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

but i thought today's 'opus dei' annagram was: DO PIE US

Monsieur_Grumpe July 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I bet Rupert pooped his Grampers.

metamarcisf July 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Pope Pius would be Proud.

SayItWithWookies July 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Not as bad as when reality hits you in the face eh, Rupert?

elviouslyqueer July 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Nice bitchslapping technique, Mrs M! And thus ends any speculation about who will be Majesty United's newest fullback.

imissopus July 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

You guys have it all wrong. The dude was just anxious to see if there really was a naked photo of Betty Childs taped to the bottom of the pie tin.

GOPCrusher July 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Nice.

baconzgood July 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I said the same thing.

Goonemeritus July 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Not effective not helpful and generally un-cool. Go Shoe or go home.

KeepFnThatChicken July 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Though I will inject that a shoe should include righteous indignation, as was evinced by Muntadhar al-Zaidi: "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog," and "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq."

It just doesn't have the same oomph! when we yell "This is for Megyn Kelly, who is just a dumb Nancy Grace," or "We noticed you never filled Colmes's spot, you dickheads."

Goonemeritus July 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Dead on, when Bush dodged that shoe Iraq was telling him (and the world) that we don’t buy your narrative. Iraq could be a smoking crater, the people could be devoid of hope but at least we can still call bullshit. Murdoch has too much power but we chose to give him that power.

CapeClod July 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Seriously, how do you sneak a pie into a setting like that?

imissopus July 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Stuff a tin under your shirt and…OH MY GOD THAT'S NOT SHAVING CREAM!!

weejee July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

With a rotational transformation.

Oops, wrong pi.

Barb July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Only someone familiar with torte law could answer that.

DashboardBuddha July 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

That's what makes me think this was an inside job. Maybe some security types in Murdoch's employ were paid to look the other way.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

This is the U.K., not a U.S. court with a full complement of Homeland Security Theatre props. Guy probably strolled right in with it; if questiond, he told the guards he had a pie for Mr. Murdoch. "Oh, jolly good … bring it right in!"

finallyhappy July 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I was at Pancake Day in London outside Parliament. You could walk right up to the MPs(I had to be told who the MPs were) and speak to them. In fact, one MP took a photo of me with another MP(and I am an old person so no scandal ensued). There is security in London but not like here(why do I have to go through security to eat at the Post OFfice Pavilion food court?)

Brass Quintet July 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Disguise it as a mobius strip tart.

zhubajie July 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

With help from Security.

SilverTsunami July 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I'm guessing the answer is, "With some help."

JustPixelz July 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

DRUDGE ALERT! SIRENS!

Hacking scandal is over! (Let us never speak of it again.) Pie scandal has begun.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Faux News: "Ooooh! Shiny pie tin!"

Come here a minute July 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Throw in "Yakety Sax" and give it a prime-time slot on FOX.

jus_wonderin July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Did the Pie-sassin get away? Quick. Look for John Pies Booth!!!

baconzgood July 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I never found slow motion funny. They should have speeded it up and added trumbone music like the late great Benny Hill.

FakaktaSouth July 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

This is adorable – "pieing" an old man for destroying the government, criminal justice system and free press of (at least) the United Kingdom (so far – fingers crossed). As a violent American, I would have preferred AT LEAST a good kick in the balls. I guess I just don't get subtlety.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Faux News blowhards, in about two hours: "Hasn't he suffered enough?"

KeepFnThatChicken July 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Fucking Brits. They all bow down and adore Rupert and his media empire — but they've apparently never heard of split-screen technology, multi-camera split-depth action that would have shown us how fucking awesome it was to watch his old ass eat that barbasol in 3D.

PrimlyStable July 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

That's because Murdoch's Sky Sports didn't have the broadcast rights. If they had, the hearing would have been moved to 8pm on Monday and rebranded as "Super Pie Day" or somesuch. There would have been fireworks and theme music and helicopters and dancing girls etc. Instead we had Tom Watson (no, not that one), looking a bit shocked.

BaldarTFlagass July 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Offal pie would have been appropriate.

weejee July 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

That was offally good.

MissTaken July 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

This clip is the Zapruder Film of 2011.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I saw a second pieman, behind that gassy troll on the right.

elviouslyqueer July 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.

LesBontemps July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wendi smacked the wrong guy in the head.

mumbly_joe July 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

We require animated gifs, post-haste.

Hurricane Ali July 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

All you haterz saying that it shouldn't have been a pie? Just remember: There is always room for pie.

finallyhappy July 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The saying is there is always room for jello. I know my famous quotes.

Dudleydidwrong July 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

And outside stood a man in white: "Get your pies for the great pie fight!" he shouted, and all purchased pies to throw at Murdock and his band of robbers as they left the hearing room. A great time was had by all and Mel Brooks filmed it. Don't I wish.

baconzgood July 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

What?! No Pie in the Sky jokes? No one mentioned the 3 Stooges either. I'm upset with you people.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Well this was captured on video, so does that make the assilant a Murdoch media emPie-er?

SilverTsunami July 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I thought it was BSky in the sky, or something.

SorosBot July 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

If only he had connected with Rupert, that would have made me happier by approximately 3.14 times.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

If only someone had done this to Sauron, how many lives would have been saved in Middle Earth.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

OK, I didn't hallucinate hearing Public Radio say that Rupert Murdoch's Mom doesn't appreciate teh tabloids (and yes, she is very much alive):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hack

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch is also not buying the Climate Change Denial:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/

BlueMonkeh July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

Can you imagine being the mother of that evil troll? She must feel she has to atone for a lot.

weejee July 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Barrelhse July 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Is that his wife wearing the leopard-skin pillbox hat?

NadePaulKuciGravMcKi July 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Still play pretend?
Rupert Murdoch
Rudy Giuliani
Bernie Kerik
911 Racket

BornInATrailer July 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Pie plate of angry, angry bees would have delivered more win.

zhubajie July 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

He's real lucky it wasn't a weapon, like acid in the pie, or a brick. Or a knife in Pie-Man's hand.

Come here a minute July 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Oh, by the way, do not buy the Sun.

neiltheblaze July 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Maybe he should have thrown a sandal.

JackObin July 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I'm sorry. I just can't get beyond the gal fellating the cucumber.

cheetojeebus July 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Needz moar LaMotta.

PrimlyStable July 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

That's the first time in history that anyone has ever done a slo-mo replay of a select committee hearing.

PrimlyStable July 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

In other news, the shocked-looking MP who is questioning Murdoch when the pie-throwing occurs is married to the guy who manages Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Pres[EXTERMINATE!!] July 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Of course it was the UK:

1. Dude in flannel wielding a pie is stopped by…

2. Harmless, unarmed cop wearing charming, retro London Bobby hat runs over, followed by…

3. Chick wearing morning coat and bow tie (huh?)

Geminisunmars July 20, 2011 at 12:43 am

I've played the video over and over trying to understand if that person coming in from the right was really dressed in tails, and possessing a gender? You think chick? Is that some kind of parliment functionary?? Or perhaps the London Philharmonic conductor stopped by for the pie throwing. Where is LimeyLizzie when you need her?

ttommyunger July 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Wendi was just pissed at somebody stepping on her turf. She's used to taking the creampie to the kisser, it's her job.

mrblifil July 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Bitch is very protective of her funding sources.

Geminisunmars July 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

Flannel guy got in past "security" because this is typical Murdock tactic. We are talking about the pie, after all, and not the crimes he and his employees have perpetrated. Karl Rove probably advised him how to help make this all blow over.

carlgt1 July 20, 2011 at 4:12 am

needz mor vitriol?

fuflans July 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

huh. i would have thought the new york times would have had other things to do.

mavenmaven July 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Once again, these guys get it exactly right: http://www.nma.tv/wendi-saves-husband-rupert-murd

Troglodeity July 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

And that "Victor Victoria" lady there at the end: WTF?

Exhausted66 July 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

The woman knows how to protect her paycheck.

portermelmoth July 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Mrs. Murdoch's volleyball studies, extending well back into the 20th century, were all in preparation for this moment.

Gainsbourg69 July 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

What's with nerds and peripheral vision? Didn't dude see Wendy wind up that overhead smash?

MinAgain July 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

In other words, this guy brought a pie to a knife fight.

fletc3her July 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I like it when the lady in pink just cold slaps the guy.

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