Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alexandra Petri: "Rupert Murdoch's Pie in the Face Day" @ WaPo Blogs

MSNBC coverage had "Tiger Wife" for Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's 42 yr. old wife who slapped the "anarchist comedian" then threw the pie back into his face. Of course, she is being hailed as some sort of hero now in the big shot presses. Here are some interesting facts reported from the same:

Deng was born in Shandong, China, in 1968 to engineer parents. She was named Wen Ge, which is shorthand for "Cultural Revolution."
  • She played volleyball in China.
  • She married Jake Cherry, who along with his first wife had sponsored her student visa in 1988, The Business Insider reported. They divorced years later.
  • She studied at Cal State before earning an MBA from Yale University.
  • Deng met Murdoch at a News Corp. party in Hong Kong in 1997. They married in 1999, weeks after his former marriage was dissolved.
  • News Corp. paid Deng $92,000 in 2010 for "strategic advice" on MySpace's expansion into China, according to the Insider.
  • Deng is Murdoch's third wife, and they live in Manhattan. They have two daughters, Grace and Chloe.
  • She produced the film “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” which opened last week. At a weekend showing at the Southampton UA theater that Deng hosted, guests included Barbara Walters, Rudy Giuliani and designer Tori Burch.
Forbes Magazine's web site attributed a sudden short spike in prices for News Corps stock to her valiant effort. And New York Daily News (isn't that owned by him too?) Helen Kennedy reported of the shaving cream pie throwers as being:

Police arrested Jonathan May-Bowles, aka Jonnie Marbles, a comedian and activist with UK Uncut, which protests corporate bigwigs who avoid paying taxes.

"You are a greedy billionaire," witnesses quoted him as saying.

Twenty minutes before he pied Murdoch, May-Bowles Tweeted: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before. #splat."

A follow-up on Jonnie Marbles is also located from the same NY Daily News.

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