The teenager who’s come to be known as ‘Eggboy’ says he’s been left shaken by his new found fame, after he smashed an egg over the head of an Australian politician.
Will Connolly, from Victoria, rose to notoriety after footage of him hitting Senator Fraser Anning with an egg went viral on Saturday (March 16).
The 17-year-old has been hailed a hero by many people, with murals appearing in his honour.
People have been praising Connolly for standing up to Anning, who – after the horrific act of terrorism in Christchurch in which 50 people died – made a statement saying ‘the real cause of bloodshed’ was ‘the immigration program’.
Anning basically blamed Muslims for innocent Muslims being killed, some as young as three years old, by a white supremacist.
Connolly unfortunately took a few blows to the head after egging Anning, and was even put in a headlock by some of Anning’s team.
A teenager dubbed "egg boy" has become the talk of the internet after he threw an egg at an Australian politician who blamed Muslim immigration for the Christchurch terror attack | https://t.co/BvG85snWej pic.twitter.com/XSXMNUmvL1
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 17, 2019
Connolly was later escorted away by police, and has urged others not to do the same.
The teenager wasn’t alone in his views towards Anning however, and since the incident, more than a million people have signed a petition demanding the Australian Senator be fired.
This is the largest https://t.co/qL3wxV1J17 petition in Aus history. I think it could crack a million today…
“We can send a strong message that hate speech will not be condoned, and that Muslims, or any group of people, will not have their dignity and rights eroded.” pic.twitter.com/9lcF2krIk8
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) March 16, 2019
Public support for Connolly, aka Eggboy, has not stopped growing either, and in just two days a GoFundMe page has raised – at the time of writing – almost $50,000.
The fundraising page reads:
Our hero EggBoi takes on Fraser Anning, the senator for Queensland that is now despised around the world for comments made after the shooting at a New Zealand mosque.
Money raised will go to EggBoi for:
– Legal fees
– More eggs
Connolly has since said the money raised will be sent to the victims of the terrorist attack.
In an update, the GoFundMe page added:
EggBoi (Will) plans to send a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. I will keep you all updated over the next few days.
I’m not ok with the kid in Australia egging a politician. It was not ok when someone did it to Jeremy Corbyn last week, and I don’t think it’s ok to do it to Fraser Anning. It makes him a victim, and emboldens his supporters. Take him down with wit, rules and due process.
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) March 16, 2019
Speaking to 9news, Connolly’s parents have said their son is ‘overwhelmed’ by the huge response his actions have had, adding he’s been left ‘shaken’ by the incident.
Despite the huge public backlash after his misguided comments about the shooting – and physical reaction to Connolly, which he called ‘self-defence’ – Anning has unsurprisingly refused to apologise.
Since the horrific attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, backed by her cabinet, has announced the country will be tightening its gun laws.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.