Pie Tossed at Thomas Friedman During Brown University Speech

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By: E&P Staff

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman got a pie thrown at him while seconds into giving an Earth Day speech at Brown University.

The green-whipped-cream concoction was tossed by a man and a woman, according to the Providence (R.I.) Journal. At least one of them — a Brown student — was apprehended by university police.

Fliers prepared by the environmental activists said Friedman “deserves a pie in the face” for supporting “free-market capitalism’s conquest of the planet” and “for telling the world that the free market and techno fixes can save us from climate change.”

Friedman, whose column is syndicated by the New York Times News Service, ducked and was not hit squarely by the pie. He returned to the podium after cleaning up, and got applause from the audience.

In his speech, Friedman discussed green technology, energy, globalization, and other topics. The Journal story did not include any comments Friedman might have made about the Iraq War, of which the columnist/author was an early supporter.

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