Protester Jonathan May-Bowles (top left) hit News Corp. Chief Rupert Murdoch in the face with what British media reported to be a plate of shaving cream as Murdoch and son James presented evidence to a parliamentary committee investigating the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in London. While this incident caused a stir in Parliament, Murdoch is now part of a long history of pies thrown at newsmakers.
Anita Bryant, country singer and gay-rights opponent, had a banana cream pie thrown in her face by Tom Higgins, an openly gay man from Minneapolis, in 1977 during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of retaliating, Bryant's husband, Bob Green, said to let Higgins go untouched as they prayed for him.
Brazilian political figures seem to be particular targets of pie throwers. Labor Minister Ricardo Berzoini received a pie to the face during an event for the Ceara State Federation of Industries in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2004.
Foreign dignitaries are not exempt from pie throwing in Brazil. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier cleaned his face after being hit with a meringue pie during a news conference regarding a proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty in Rio de Janeiro in 2003.
Dutch protesters have used pie throwing as a way to display their disagreement with politicians. Here Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm was hit with pies by anti-euro protesters in the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in 1999 as trading in the new European currency was officially launched.
A shaving cream pie in the face is a regular occurrence in Major League Baseball when a player gets the winning hit. Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs gets it from Ryan Theriot after hitting a grand slam that gave the Cubs a 5-1 win against the Houston Astros in 2009, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.