Wendi Deng smack in the middle of a cyber-frenzy
HER husband was in the hot seat, but Wendi Deng has emerged as the unlikely star of the phone-hacking hearings.
Footage of 42-year-old Deng jumping forward to smack a protester who had a pie aimed at Rupert Murdoch’s face quickly went viral, and numerous fan pages popped up on social networking sites such as Facebook praising her rapid reflexes.
Deng sat behind her husband as he was grilled by members of the British Parliament’s culture, media and sport committee, occasionally pouring his water and leaning in to whisper encouragements. Until, that was, herCharlie’s Angel moment.
When protester Jonathan May-Bowles, approached Murdoch, 80, with a foam pie he had managed to smuggle in, one of the media mogul’s lawyers, Janet Nova, quickly stepped in. But it was the image of Deng – clad in a prim pink blazer and polka dot pencil skirt – leaping forward to swat, open-palmed, at the man trying to attack her husband that stunned millions of TV viewers and presenters watching the events unfold live.
May-Bowles, also a stand-up comedian known as Jonnie Marbles, helped found the UK Uncut anti-tax-avoidance group and was said to be angry over the phone hacking and the power of Britain’s elites.
The Murdoch father and son were nearing the end of their questioning when there was a sudden commotion. A woman’s voice could be heard shouting ”no, no, no” as the shaving-cream assailant, wearing black combat trousers, walked up to Murdoch, took aim and struck. Deng lunged while startled police were barely off the back foot. According to witnesses, she first swung a slap at him, then picked up the pie and tossed it back.
”Why didn’t you see what was happening?” James Murdoch could be heard asking police, as Deng turned her attentions to her husband, sitting apparently stunned. She started to clear the foam from his face, and embraced him.
That she reportedly laughed ”I got him”, relishing the moment she swung a right hook at the pie man, indicates Deng is no shrinking violent – more Crouching Tiger, according to members of her instant global fan club.
Her actions sent Twitterers into a frenzy. ”Wow, wendy [sic] murdoch giving whole new meaning to the term tiger mother … insanity!” tweeted American TV news anchor Katie Couric.
Another tweeted: ”OMG! Wendi Murdoch just crouching tigered across 2 people and head whacked a guy trying to pie Rupert! THAT is good TV!”
For what could be the first time, Deng’s celebrity briefly eclipsed that of her husband. A fan page on Facebook invited viewers to ”express your admiration of Mrs Murdoch’s right hook”, while tweets glowing with praise poured into Twitter and started ”Wendi Deng” trending on the site.
At 1.77 metres tall and possessed of steely determination, Deng has always excelled at sport. It is undoubtedly because of her that Rupert Murdoch finds himself pumping iron at 6am and downing a concoction of fruit and soy protein, as the News Corporation chairman once disclosed to Vanity Fair in a rare interview.
A former school volleyball champion in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where the young Wendi was raised, Deng openly fusses over her husband and is said to regularly admonish him for not taking enough care of his health – scoldings Murdoch seems to enjoy.
She worked for STAR TV, owned by Murdoch’s News Corp, in Hong Kong and was introduced to Murdoch at a Hong Kong cocktail party in 1997. The pair wed in June 1999 aboard Murdoch’s private yacht, in New York. Since then, Deng has largely played the role of devoted spouse but is also the co-founder and co-chief executive of film production company Big Feet Productions. She has two daughters with Murdoch – Grace, who was born in 2001, and Chloe, who was born in 2003.
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