As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Rupert Murdoch got a shaving cream pie in the face today while giving his testimony at the inquiry looking into News Corp.’s propensity for phone hacking. This is the image I first saw of the incident…
For a screen grab, it’s got some pretty good drama in it. Shocked faces in the background. A plaid shirt among the suits. A woman throwing herself in front of her beleaguered leader. And do you see Joel Klein, former Chancellor of Schools here in NYC?
That’s him: the bald head next to the pink sweater in the foreground. It was visceral and immediate, my recognition of Joel’s bald head. I was sure of it before I saw a subsequent photo that confirmed I was right.
The shininess, the wavy tufts around the sides, even the obvious flatness to the back of his head. As bald men go, he’s really got a rough time of it aesthetically, the poor bastard.
On the plus side, he’s immediately recognizable from behind in a grainy photo pulled from a TV image, so that’s something.
Either that, or I’ve got some sort of superhero skill at recognizing bald heads from behind.
The concern I have of Joel working for News Corp. directly after working for the NYC public schools will have to be a post for another day, but you can probably guess that I don’t approve.