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

    Should have used one hot out of a 500 degree oven

    • freakishlywrong

      With an anvil baked inside. For iron!

    • Beowoof

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

  • Barb

    That's pie-larious!

  • nounverb911

    Flannel Clad attacker? Was he from Seattle?

    • Hey nounverb yer part of the C'Addled tribe.

    • SorosBot

      Or just from 1994.

    • horsedreamer_1

      The NO WTO Movement Lives!

    • PristineODummy

      Berkeley lesbian.

  • Barb

    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

      With a falafel?

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

  • nounverb911

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

    • The help, of course.

    • PristineODummy

      That's "WendIIIII" to you, peasant.

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

  • That Mrs. Murdoch is one feisty lady.

    • HistoriCat

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

      • KeepFnThatChicken

        too soon.

    • Doktor Zoom

      She's got spunk!

      I *hate* spunk!

    • Redhead

      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

    False filling operation!

  • MissTaken

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

    • PristineODummy

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

  • Sue4466

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

  • Oblios_Cap

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

  • Crank_Tango

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

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

    • Murdoch's wife.

  • 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

    I doubt that was humble pie.

    • Geminisunmars

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

  • orygoon

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

  • Callyson

    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…

    • 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

        Is his mom still alive?!

      • BaldarTFlagass

        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

          All true, but he was later adopted.

        • PristineODummy

          I suggest you marry me and not have my babies.

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

      • 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

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

      • LesBontemps

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

        • emmelemm

          Too late for retroactive abortion, I'm guessing…

  • SorosBot

    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

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

    • MissTaken

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

      • SorosBot

        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

          Oh, I saw what you did there.

    • baconzgood

      That pun hurt. Well played.

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

  • 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

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

    • V572 Hair of Destiny

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

      • HistoriCat

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

        • V572 Hair of Destiny


      • I think she's quite striking.

        • V572 Hair of Destiny

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

        • PristineODummy

          As she apparently demonstrated.

  • Needs moar Guy Fawkes mask.

    • widestanceroman

      Watch yo mouf.

    • tcaalaw

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

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

  • I bet Rupert pooped his Grampers.

  • metamarcisf

    Pope Pius would be Proud.

  • SayItWithWookies

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

  • elviouslyqueer

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

  • 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


      • baconzgood

        I said the same thing.

  • Goonemeritus

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

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      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

        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

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

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

    • With a rotational transformation.

      Oops, wrong pi.

    • Barb

      Only someone familiar with torte law could answer that.

    • DashboardBuddha

      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

      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

        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

      Disguise it as a mobius strip tart.

    • zhubajie

      With help from Security.

    • SilverTsunami

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


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

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Faux News: "Ooooh! Shiny pie tin!"

  • Come here a minute

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

  • jus_wonderin

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

  • baconzgood

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

  • FakaktaSouth

    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

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

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    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

      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

    Offal pie would have been appropriate.

    • That was offally good.

  • MissTaken

    This clip is the Zapruder Film of 2011.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

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

      • elviouslyqueer

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

  • LesBontemps

    Wendi smacked the wrong guy in the head.

  • mumbly_joe

    We require animated gifs, post-haste.

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

    • finallyhappy

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

  • Dudleydidwrong

    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

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

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

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

    • SilverTsunami

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

  • SorosBot

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

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

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

  • 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):

    Dame Elisabeth Murdoch is also not buying the Climate Change Denial:

    • BlueMonkeh

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

    • Barrelhse

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

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

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

  • BornInATrailer

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

  • zhubajie

    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

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

  • neiltheblaze

    Maybe he should have thrown a sandal.

  • JackObin

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

  • cheetojeebus

    Needz moar LaMotta.

  • PrimlyStable

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

  • PrimlyStable

    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.

  • 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

      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

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

  • Bitch is very protective of her funding sources.

  • Geminisunmars

    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

    needz mor vitriol?

  • fuflans

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

  • mavenmaven

    Once again, these guys get it exactly right:

  • Troglodeity

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

  • Exhausted66

    The woman knows how to protect her paycheck.

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

  • Gainsbourg69

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

  • MinAgain

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

  • fletc3her

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

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