Priest sews mouth shut in graphic protest of climate change ‘denier’ Rupert Murdoch
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Tim Hewes, a Church of England priest, sewed his own mouth shut and stood outside media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s London offices to protest his stance on climate change.
“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,” 71-year-old Hewes said before sewing his lips closed.
Murdoch owns Fox News, News Corporation, and several other media outlets all over the world.
Hewes displayed several signs throughout his protest, reading “Murdoch muted climate science,” “Murdoch to the dock for ecocide,” and “The Murdoch legacy? The 6th Mass Extinction on planet earth.”
He also held a sign that read, “Q: Murdoch – the most destructive man in the history of the planet? Discuss,” although it is unclear how he intended to hold a discussion with his mouth sewn shut.
“I’m sewing up my lips to demonstrate the terrible and violent havoc Murdoch’s actions have reaped upon the world and to symbolically make visible this truth. Today there are countless people throughout the world who are voiceless and suffering because of the climate emergency. 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,” Hewes said in the video of his protest.
Hewes was supported in his quest by Rev. Mark Coleman. “I am supporting Tim in his action because he is courageously drawing attention to the undue and distorting influence of Murdoch’s media. The truth that will set us free, not media spin and confusion,” Coleman stated.
Coleman attempted to personally deliver a letter to Ben Webster, environmental editor for The Times in the U.K., which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp while on site. However, he was unable to do so as he was informed that Webster was not currently on the premises.
Hewes protested for two hours before taking the stitches out.