July 20th, 2011
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(CNN) – Who would have guessed the day after James and Rupert Murdoch testified before a UK parliamentary committee, we’d be talking about Wendi?

And yet, here we are. The “slap heard round the world” is the talk of the town (or at least of Twitter). And so is Rupert Murdoch’s third wife Wendi Deng, who batted away the protester who tried to throw a shaving cream pie at  her husband – reacting even faster than security guards.

U.S. news anchor Katie Couric tweets: “Wow wendy murdoch giving whole new meaning to the term tiger mother...insanity!.”

This from comedian Andy Borowtiz: “After today's #Murdoch hearings, British politicians are no longer afraid of Rupert, but are terrified by Wendi.”

And more from the public. Some funny, some not (and some downright offensive.)  A Wendi Deng fan club on Facebook now has over 700 fans.

China's netizens have been weighing in on Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging site. They praise her "fast reflexes, speed, courage and decisiveness," even posting comments on her official Weibo page.

Even before the slap, it was hard not to notice Deng. Sitting directly behind the two Murdoch men, her every expression was broadcast to the world during wide shots of the proceedings. At one point, she appears to lean forward to stop her husband as he repeatedly slapped the table during his testimony.

More than one woman I know noticed the color choice: her pink jacket and polka-dot skirt standing out in the sea of suits at the hearing. I wonder now if that discussion, and the apparent glee people are taking in her physical defense of her husband, is tinged with a bit of sexism. Would we be so shocked in James had batted away the pie-plate attacker?

The commentary hints of racism and sexism: for example,  the tweets and headlines that refer to Deng as a ninja or tiger mom (the UK phone-hacking scandal  has nothing to do with ethnicity and Rupert Murdoch is hardly her cub.)

Still, in this sort of political theater, it’s hard to imagine the outfits and the seating plan were all not chosen with some degree of care. Deng , shown front and center, providing support and a sympathetic face. Putting her in this position does create a space for fair comment on her role and behavior at the hearings, much like political wives who campaign for their husbands.

I’ll be the first to admit that the pie-throwing incident is a distraction and a sideshow from a serious investigation into illegal acts and corporate misdeeds. But distracting it is – turning a political and corporate drama into something a bit more like a farce.

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  1. power4things

    Sure, Wendi married him out of pure love – love for that $10B empire. Well, Mr. Pie-Thrower gets his lawsuit now

    July 20, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  2. Arthur uzo

    Wendy, is a true winner. She came out the star of the show. Go baby

    July 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  3. BPcaresnot

    She's a hottie. A gorgeous, smart, sexy babe. But a gold digger of the worst kind.. She does not care who she damages and destroys on her way to the top . or perhaps the bottom depending on Murdoch's preference. A nasty, nasty, scary piece of work. She has left a trail of broken hearts and broken marriages behind her .. but like BP. she caresnot :-) When asked at the alter if she takes Murdoch as her lawfully wedded husband she replied "Show me the Money". Carries the worst aspects of a lot of modern Chinese women.. aggressive, uncaring. greedy, selfish and cruel.. knowing she can get away with it because western men are like putty in the hands of an Asian hottie. Scratching the days off the calendar every day Murdoch is alive, waiting for her big pay day.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  4. Nick

    Wendi Deng is a viper; she destroyed 2 marriages and seduced her way into the Murdoch empire. Is there anyone in his right mind who thinks she married for love?

    July 20, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  5. newbi

    she is not form shangdong, nor was she an intern at star, check your facts

    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  6. alberto

    that gold digging (come on , don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining, get real) vixen jumped up and said "bytch ! stay off my man ! " go on lady.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  7. Typical

    This is typical behavior from her type. She plays all coy and innocent, but deep down she is seething with anger and hostility. She's selfish and I'm equally disgusted by her past behavior (home wrecker, green card chaser) as I am her husbands behavior. She will be the victim of her own undoing. And to those that think she's a hottie, I don't get it. How could any woman be a hottie with behavior such as hers. I guess a hole is a hole to some people.

    As far a Rupert Murdoch is concerned, you can't pretend you don't know anything about this whole thing. It's part of your job to know how your empire is run. After all that is why you get "the big bucks". These corporate big wigs that try to justify their fat paychecks because of the responsibility that comes with the job just can't claim ignorance that they didn't know what was going on. Sorry, I'm not buying it. You're a lying cheating filty sack of skin (sagging skin at that) and you deserve what will happen to you in the end.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  8. Linda

    much ado about less than nothing....really...

    July 20, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  9. Linda

    why do Murdoch comments get moderated by CNN?

    July 20, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  10. Jan

    And now let's focus on another Murder...eh...Murdoch baby Faux News...I mean Fox -well- "News". ;o)

    July 20, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  11. maxie

    That's fine girl. What was that chap trying to do in the room? Trying to hog some front-page news spotlight? well,he got it! Well desreved! I like the move by wend,i though. Very fit.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  12. Donovan J

    That chap is lucky Wendy did not Jackie Chan his behind.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  13. ron

    she is just protecting her assets. she is is the idol of all gold diggers in the world.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Who Cares

    she was the reason why i didn't regret watching the interrogation ..hahahhaha

    July 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  15. chieatfetus

    For a goldigger wife she seems just as crazy as the asian woman in California who cut off her husband's peter & threw it in the garbage disposal.

    July 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  16. Peter

    Ok we have a serious dept situation in the country, lots of people unemployed, who makes the most news! Right a woman who brokes marriages, Am wondering if the situation was switched and Murdoch was the one protecting her wife, i bet we would be talking about him having anger issues and how he needs go for therapy. But the other way is more acceptable, i dont support the pie man i just think the media is hypocritical, and we concentrating on the wrong issues which will cost the country's economy a hefty price. How long can a country with the most dept addressing the wrong issues (like this one), stay on top!

    July 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  17. knee

    General observation. the fact is she is his wife. Look at the video, the women in the room reacted more quickly than the men. Some men did not even move. Female, maternal instincts. Great wife to have.

    July 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  18. Hats off to the pie thrower

    Ricky Gervais joke about Hugh Hefner comes to mind:

    "just don't look at it when you touch it"

    She's nothing but a gold digger. Well done to that man

    July 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  19. Wasted1

    The whole thing was staged.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  20. Jane Doe

    She is not there to defend a man, but a lifestyle ... a billionaire who could lose everything. Translated ... she loses everything. I am not talking about the man she loves, but the money she loves. We all know that a picture tells a story that words cannot convey. Everything has been orchestrated ... his choice of clothing, her choice of clothing and the color pink, that she is at his side defending him, ... . In a way it's working in that attention is being taken away from Murdoch's crime and the public is focusing on her pink jacket, instead.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  21. Moz

    Left hook? I thought it was her right?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  22. Jack Crowe

    Wendi this Wendi that. This opportunistic Chinese harlot HAS to defend his old CASH COW husband and thanks to some lonely and anti-social trolls here giving her "credit" fot this, she will now be revered as famous and or a heroine. This man should be arrested, an investigation should take place on U.S. soil as well because he (MURDOCH) OWNS politicians here and the mass "media"! Have a think people!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  23. Spaceman

    a total tramp

    July 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  24. Josie

    you can say what you want to say about Wendi but Wendi rocks!!! luvly slap

    July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  25. suk

    "BPcaresnot" explained the situation perfectly, she is a typical gold digger, all she protected was her future fortune, NOT that fossil!! I can't believe seeing some readers saying that it was out of pure love!! yeah right! Go ahead and read her biography!! She already solidified her future investment by having two kids from that dinosaur!

    July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  26. Barbie53

    I suspect the whole "pie-throwing" incident was a plant by the Murdochs themselves...now everyone is gushing about Wendi and the focus has been taken off the Murdochs and the evil they did to others. Peopel are supposed to feel sorry for the old man, saved by his brave loving wife. Shame on the media for falling for such a ploy.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  27. larry

    Wendy Deng is an opportunist, at 18, she met Jake Cherry, a former UNICEF executive. He and his wife taught Wendy English and sponsored a student visa for Deng and she moved to America to live with the Cherry's and study at California State University. Cherry left his wife to marry Deng after his wife found photos of her husband with Deng in a hotel room. Five months after marrying Cherry, Deng started seeing another man and Deng divorced Cherry after obtaining her green card. In 1998, Deng crashed a Star annual dinner and pushed her way to Rupert Murdock where he proceeded to fall under her spell. He pursued Wendy, divorced his wife of 31 years and married Deng 17 days later. She is named after the "Cultural Revolution" in China where her father is a member of the Chinese Communist Party. This vile woman is a home wrecker, a cheat and liar, and opens her legs to get what she wants. There is speculation that she might also be a spy or agent for the Chinese Communist Party and is using her beauty to infiltrate the Western Press in order to gain control of Western Media for the benefit of the Communist Party! Her credentials so far, all add up to this speculation!

    July 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  28. larry

    Rupert Murdock is a micro-manager, he knows what everyone, everywhere is doing. He knows what, how, when and where! He knows everything and to imply that he, his son or Rebecca knew nothing on what was going on is utterly ridiculous! They should take an oath before Parliament and asked the same or similar questions and see how they answer. No dodging the questions, or endless empty chatter to take up time, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! If they refuse, then they should both resign in order not to incriminate themselves if they choose to do so. But to deny they never knew anything and blame others is unforgivable and should be forced to resign, only then will everyone involve find justice to the travesties they have committed in the name of greed and corruption to the highest levels of goverments around the world in order to pursue stories at all costs!

    July 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  29. BillCarson25

    I find it interesting that the media, including CNN, is trying to make a hero out of Wendi Deng for defending her cash cow. The initial report I saw on CNN about her outlined how she destroyed the marriage of her American host family the Cherry's, stealing the husband just long enough to get her green card. She then got a job with Star TV and crashed her way into a Murdoch party, clearly to meet him, and ended up breaking up Rupert's marriage of 30+ years. I'm not surprised this woman would protect the gold she dug up.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  30. John Brown Robespierre

    I guess Rupert "Pass the Viagra, Please" Murdoch will have a new show called "When Animals Defend". But seriously, Wendy may be a gold digger with quick reflexes, but the press is downplaying the fact that if the pie thrower wanted justice to be served he should've been cracking both Rupert and James's skulls with a good English cricket bat. The timid mainstream press considers this a nice circus act to cover up the fact that for decades the Murdochs have been downright evil toward legitimate popular governments, minorities, liberals, environmentalists, animal rights activists, and virtually every legitimate national independence movement of the last thirty years. Don't forget that if Rupert had his way he'd start selling dolphin and whale in a can if he could. Now we are supposed to think that he's been blithely unaware of everything illegal that's been done for his profit? Let's not act naive any longer. Off with their heads!

    July 21, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  31. Julia

    "The whole thing was staged."

    I totally agree. It's farcical. The entire British medis is drooling over a pre-staged performance which was obviously designed to distract attention from phone hacking and reposition Murdoch as an interesting 21st century celeb with a fabulously politically well-connected wife. Well done Murdoch for being as clever as ever, not so well done anyone who wasn't PAID for drooling over his wife.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  32. Troubled

    I guess no respect for the elderly these days in the Western World – pie in the face of an octogerian, should I rise up and clap ? Must be so proud of yourself - in money, he may have the upper hand; in strength, you have the upper hand and you are the aggressor, oppressing a weaker man, you are no better you use what you got to abuse, I hope one day your grandchildren treat you the same !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2011 at 2:55 am |
  33. A Nony Moose

    How was that a left hook? Obviously it was an overhand right!

    July 21, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  34. Tony


    July 21, 2011 at 4:07 am |
  35. Reykjavik

    It's unfair to say that the reason why Wendi reacts in this way is just becasue she loves Murdoch's money. She grew up in China so she more or less had been influenced by Chinese tradtional culture that a husband is not only a soul mate, a life partner, more than that, he's part of a wife's life. And is there any wrong with loving money? Wendi loves money and struggle for what she wants. She may be agressive, greedy, uncaring or whatever.But if people blame her on these things, I think they just envy her what she has achieved.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  36. gina

    wendi really shock us all.....i mean who'd ever thought her anger is gonna explode in such a powerful way. despite of her personal issue(ruin the family is crap), i adore her.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  37. MHAnsari

    Why wudnt you stand up for an old geezer who will die and leave billions for your to enjoy for the 38 years that you have on him!!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  38. Ron Ruys

    I am not surprised at her response, nor at the lack of response by his son, what I am surprised/diappointed in is that she is half his age and obviously from rent a wife Tailand, and as such marrying a rich, not good looking man, obviously for his money, makes her an embarrassment to all Thai people. Shows what money can buy.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  39. Ron Ruys

    James did not move much because he knows he's in the will, she has to make sure she is

    July 21, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  40. Ron Ruys

    Pretty good reporting, from where I see it, she hit him with a right handed downward slap, so where is the right hook?

    July 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  41. Ellen

    Yes, we women are like tigers and always ready to protect our loved one in whatever situations that may arise.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  42. Joe citizen abroad

    Is it just me, or is Jeannie Moos is turning into Andy Rooney?

    July 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  43. john

    There were police inside and outside the hearing room, and a guy with a pie isn't noticed...It was a plant, the pie guy was a plant. The pie thrower was hired to do what he did, he was hired by the Murdoch clan. This used to be known as the "shell game".

    July 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  44. mahnaz

    I love her! Knowing she stands beside Mr. Murdock as these leftist witch hunts fizzle out, makes me feel better for this 80 year old amazingly successful man.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  45. deedee

    wendi is from a china that has been thru cultural revolution which destroyed most human virtues. many people turned to be shameless, greedy and cruel. she does not care aboout her behavior, her image,her role and the respect to the policemen around who are in charge of the ordering. shame on her!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
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