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It’s the Golden Age of the Pie as Statement. Never before have so many pies landed in so many unsuspecting faces for so many reasons. Bill Gates, Sylvester Stallone, Anita Bryant, Milton Friedman, Ann Coulter and countless baseball heroes have been pied in the past few decades. It was Rupert Murdoch‘s turn Tuesday in London. A serial antagonist who calls himself Jonnie Marbles shmeared the media mogul with shaving cream while Murdoch testified about the ongoing phone-hacking scandal before a Parliament committee. “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before,” the marble man tweeted grandly moments before the event, in which he took a healthy whack from Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, who then picked up his tin and tossed it at him. The relentless Aron Kay — perhaps the ur-pie thrower of his time — declared Tuesday that Murdoch definitely qualifies under his “guidelines for pie-able people.” Kay, 61, has been slinging pie since the 1970s, when pieing evolved from circus-clown shtick to protest flicks. His list includes Watergate conspirators Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy, as well as William F. Buckley Jr. and Andy Warhol. The protest pie can lead to jail time: Marbles was arrested, as were two college students who shoved a Dutch apple pie into the face of Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., to make an antiwar statement. Earlier in the 20th century were pie-throwing experts Fatty Arbuckle, Soupy Sales and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges — “very accurate,” said Greg DeSantos, executive director of the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center. “Moe had his own secret pie recipe: a vat of whipped cream, marshmallow sauce and pumpkin filling. … It really stuck to the target’s face.”

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