Chris Neary is a producer for On the Media.
Jonnie Marbles Goes To Jail
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 05:01 PM
After British comedian ‘Jonnie Marbles’ threw a pie in Rupert Murdoch’s face about two weeks ago, Brooke talked with Yes Men member Andy Bichlbaum about what he thought it meant to throw a pie in someone’s face.
We now know that throwing a pie in Rupert Murdoch’s face means being sentenced to six weeks in jail for Mr. Marbles (real name: Jonathan May-Bowles). He pleaded guilty last Friday to assault. (The judge has ordered him to serve only half of the sentence) Bichlbaum called the Murdoch pie-ing ‘beautiful, elegant, appropriate.’ According to an article from BBC, Judge Daphne Wickham took a different view in sentencing May-Bowles, saying, “You attended with only one objective in mind, which was to disrupt proceedings.”
Defense lawyer Tim Greaves told the court, “Slapstick and the throwing of pies dates back to the 1900s as a recognized form of protest.”
That’s true. We mentioned in the show that pie-throwing as a political act has a storied past. It is established. It’s just not, in all cases, legal.