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Will Connolly, a 17-year-old boy from Melbourne, Australian went viral worldwide a few hours after he egged the head of a right-wing politician, popularly known as Senator Fraser Anning during a television interview over the weekend. He was dubbed as Egg boy as a result of this incident.
Why Did He Egg the Senator?
After the mass shootings that took place in Christchurch, Australia, lots of world leaders openly criticized and condemned the act of terrorism while sympathizing with the victims. Right-wing politician, Fraser Anning had some opposing beliefs and was determined to air his views. He wrote in a statement saying:
“As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shooting lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views, but this is all cliched nonsense.”
The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.
Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today; usually, they are the perpetrators. Worldwide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale.
The entire religion of Islam is simply the violent ideology of a sixth-century despot masquerading as a religious leader, which justifies endless war against anyone who opposes it and calls for the murder of unbelievers and apostates.
The truth is that Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless”.
“The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.”
Apart from the Australian Prime minister, many other people found the statement to be appalling and Islamophobic; Egg Boy included. So he did the only thing he thought was best; which was egging the senators’ head as he was speaking to reporters.
What Happened After The Egging?
According to the incident footage, as soon as Connolly smashed the egg on the senators’ head, he turned around immediately and punched the teenager in the face, and then hit him again before he was pulled out from him. Afterward, an unidentified group of white men pinned Connolly to the ground violently.
It was also reported that despite the violent chokehold, Connolly still managed to utter a joke as the police arrived saying;
“Here comes the bacon for the egg.”
The Victoria police released a press statement saying that they arrested Connolly, but he has been released without any charge as they investigate the incident thoroughly.
Connolly was christened as Egg Boy after the Egging incident, and he wrote about the event stating that that was the moment he felt proud to be a human being.
He also tweeted:
“Let me inform you all guys, Muslims are not terrorists and terrorism has no religion. All those who consider Muslims a terrorist community have empty heads like Anning, #EggBoy #eggAnning.”
His twitter account has since being suspended for reasons unclear to his numerous supporters worldwide.
People Love Egg Boy
Even though Connolly’s social media accounts have been silent since his video upload on the incident, the praises have continued to come in. There are however others who are condemning the action of Egg Boy, but they are in the minority.
A GoFundMe page was created for Connolly after the incident, and it has since made over $50,000 since then. The creator of the page gave an update saying:
“I have spoken to EggBoi (Will) on the phone a short while ago, and he is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. I will keep you all updated with how everything pans out,”
The GoFundMe creator stated that Connolly is under firm instructions to limit his posts on social media and he also said that he would like to donate the money to the families of the victims as he cannot profit from a crime.
A mural recreating the egging incident which was made by Van T. Rudd in Hosier Lane is also gaining a lot of worldwide attention. Fan accounts and Egg Boy T-shirt merch have also made their way online.
Writer Maxine Meneba Clarke tweeted that:
“Saddle the horses. Send messengers far and wide to search the land for the mysterious Egg Boy, whose throw is precise, whose judgment is sound, and whose courage is infinite. For as with Arthur and the Excalibur sword, only he shall lead us out of the darkness.”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra; a rock band in New Zealand posted a simple statement:
“Egg boy energy.”
The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten also has something to say in defense of Connolly. He stated that he understood where he was coming from and that Connolly was just frustrated looking at the toxic nature of the senator.
NBA Star Ben Simmons is among the numerous other celebrities that praised the action of the Australian teenager. He honored him using his Nike Sneakers.
Other people think his fame won’t last long. One Twitter user posted:
“Does anyone remember the name of the guy who headbutted Abbott at the airport in Hobart? I don’t. Eggboy’s legacy won’t be long lasting,”
Whether Will Connolly will be remembered in a month or a year is inconsequential as his fame (or lack of) will not change the fact that he has done an excellent thing.
However, the question on a lot of people’s mind is whether he will be arrested again and charged once the police have concluded their investigation or not; Only time will tell us how far it will go.
Will keep you posted!