Can we all begin by admitting that food flying through the air then landing on a pushy, pious, pompous twit is pretty damned funny as well as inwardly satisfying? Though the intent may be protest, we all know that eliciting laughs at a bad guy’s expense is at least part of the reward.
The first known report of a public figure being bombarded with food comes from AD 63 when a Roman governor named Vespasian was targeted by turnip-throwing subjects who were sick of the financial hardship and harsh punishments he imposed.
You’ve got to figure someone found humor in this form of protest to risk their freedom. I mean, good god – these people ate fermented field mice as upscale hors d’oeuvres. What the hell was their prison food like?