A priest sewed his lips shut in protest of Rupert Merdoch’s News Corporation and it’s “denial of the climate emergency,” according to a release from Christian Climate Action.
The man, 71-year-old Rev. Tim Hewes, sewed his lips outside of News Corp.’s London offices in an effort 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,” Hewes said. “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.”
Murdoch owns several news corporations, including Fox News in the U.S., and the priest with the Church of England was joined by Rev. Mark Coleman, who unsuccessfully tried to bring a letter to Ben Webster, Environment Editor at The Times. They were told that he was not in the building.
During the display, Hewes held up signs that read “Murdoch muted climate science,” among other things. Within two hours, he removed his stitches from his lips.
You can take a look at Hewes’ demonstration below, as shared by Christian Climate Action, but do so at your own discretion—the clip is graphic.
This isn’t the only backlash Murdoch and his companies have gotten in recent days. Earlier this week, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson upset Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane once again, to the point where he tweeted about the potential of his show leaving the network.
“Tucker Carlson’s latest opinion piece once again makes me wish Family Guy was on any other network,” MacFarlane tweeted. “Look, Fox, we both know this marriage isn’t working anymore. The sex is only once a year, I don’t get along with your mother, and well… I’ve been having an affair with NBC.”