As the Rupert Murdoch parliamentary hearing was finishing up today, a protester whacked the media titan in the face with a foam or cream pie. The pie-tosser's nom de foam: Jonnie Marbles. He tweeted what he was going to do immediately before the attack. Right after he did it, Mrs. Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng, leaped up and slapped him while cameras and security swarmed.
"You are a greedy billionaire," the pie-man is reported to have said.
"Oh, outrageous!" an MP said. A ten minute pause commenced.
Immediately before the pie hacking incident, Murdoch again and again denied any knowledge of bribery, blackmail or phone hacking at his newspapers.
What you might not have seen is the full instinctive and furious reaction of Mr Murdoch's wife, Wendi. Having sat through the evidence unsmiling, she moved faster than anyone else. First, she swung a slap at her husband's attacker. She followed up by picking up the plate and trying to strike him with it. And then she moved back to her husband. Sitting on the table before him, she started to clear the foam from his face, sometimes embracing him, holding his bald head in her arms.
More video follows.
Boing Boing commenter cocomaan is right: "This guy will be arrested, and nothing will happen to Murdoch."
James Wolcott at Vanity Fair: "Thanks for nothing, Foamface."