- Reverend Tim Hewes literally stitched his lips shut in protest of Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and News Corp.
- Hewes claims Murdoch might be “the most destructive man in the history of the planet.”
- More weird news here.
71-year-old Reverend Tim Hewes of Wantage, England made news on Monday when he appeared outside the News Corp offices in London with his lips sewn shut.
News Corp, headquartered in New York City, is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch and lists among its assets Dow Jones & Company, News Corp Australia, New York Post, The Sun, The Times, Fox Sports Australia, Sky News Australia, Realtor.com, Storyful, and HarperCollins, was the target of Reverend Hewes’ protest what he feels is Murdoch and his companies’ part in global climate change.
“I’ve sewn up my lips to demonstrate the terrible havoc Rupert Murdoch’s actions have reaped upon the world and to make this visible: climate science and truth has been muted, those who suffer are not being heard,” stated Hewes via a tweet posted by the Christian Climate Action group.
BREAKING: Revd Tim Hewes, 71, outside News Corp offices now: ‘I’ve sewn up my lips to demonstrate the terrible havoc Rupert Murdoch’s actions have reaped upon the world and to make this visible: climate science and truth has been muted, those who suffer are not being heard.' pic.twitter.com/tu1yRjofju
— Christian Climate Action (@CClimateAction) August 2, 2021
In a related YouTube video, Hewes calls Murdoch a “climate change denier, dissembler and delayer.”
Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers.
“Today there are countless people throughout the world who are voiceless and suffering because of the climate emergency,” Hewes stated. “Climate science and truth has been muted and those who suffer are not being heard. I have tried everything other way I can think of to end the influences and madness represented by Rupert Murdoch and his denial of the climate emergency.”
The priest’s demonstration ended peacefully after two hours then proceeded to remove the stitches on his lips.
Reactions on social media to Reverend Tim Hewes’ extreme protest were mixed, to say the least.
Is that for real? What a silly thing to do. There’s enough pain in the world, no need to voluntarily add to it. I’d rather he’d danced a fabulous tango in an eye catching costume or sthg. Joy & colour are uplifting & much more persuasive than pain & horror.
— abimolasses (@abimolasses) August 2, 2021
So very brave. Greatest respect and I wish he didn't feel he had to do it... but no one is listening. The rich have created such an enormous problem. What will it take?#TellTheTruth #FreeTheTruth #ClimateJustice #ClimateCriminals
— Eden River(she/her) 💙🏴☠️ 🌍💚 (@EdenRiver3) August 2, 2021
Is that the best you can do, what about a bit of self flagellation and a nice rough hair shirt.
— Sandy 15 (@SandraRiley15) August 2, 2021
This is the time we're living in... This is the lateness of the hour! ⌛🔥 Rev Tim Hewes, thank u for illustrating Murdoch's criminality so courageously 🙏🏻 We are here, at this terrible time.. what side of history will YOU be on? We need EVERYONE to #ActNow #ExtinctionRebellion
— michellecharlesworth🌍 (@mcharlesworth71) August 2, 2021
Hewes, who was jailed for 14 days for gluing himself to furniture at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in March of 2020, is part of a movement planning to hold a demonstration called “The Impossible Rebellion” beginning on August 23rd.