The Internet Celebrates Egg Boy, The Teen Who Egged Senator Fraser Anning
Like hope at the bottom of Pandora’s box, Egg Boy is a light in a world filled with tragedy and hate.
In Christchurch, New Zealand this past Friday, 50 people were killed and 50 injured in a shooting that targeted two mosques. Then, as people reeled and bodies were being identified, Queensland Senator Fraser Anning released a statement blaming the massacre on its victims.
The world was in dire need of some good news – any skerrick of joy or scrap of hope indicating that we won’t accept this. We won’t allow this type of rhetoric anywhere, much less under the letterhead of an Australian senator. We won’t allow this to be the new normal.
Yesterday in Melbourne, one young man gave us that spark of light – as well as a gif that will see many a replay.
A teenager smashed egg on Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head following his disgusting comments in the wake of #NewZealandTerroristAttack. Fraser immediately turned and attacked the boy. Thank you, egg boy. pic.twitter.com/K5VmBkFgGF
— Sana Jamal (@Sana_Jamal) March 16, 2019
— سعود (@iSliceOfLife) March 16, 2019
Through his act of smashing a raw egg onto the back of Anning’s skull, the teenager instantly became an international hero. Dubbed “Egg Boy” by the internet at large, videos of him egging Anning have garnered worldwide attention.
Many have celebrated Egg Boy’s bravery, can-do attitude and willingness to act in the face of the senator’s widely reviled comments. Also, seeing Anning with his head covered in egg is just funny.
Egg Boy is a hero
Fuck Nazi Fascists
Fuck Fraser Anning pic.twitter.com/MFGK5Kq2vY
— Jeremy Bratetich (@Obiwanjezz) March 16, 2019
[tune of jolene]
egg teen, egg teen, egg teen, egggg teeeen
i'm begging u to keep egging bad men
— jeremy poxon (@JeremyPoxon) March 16, 2019
you are the egg teen
young and sweet
— Travis Cook (@officialtravis) March 16, 2019
Egg Prince looks after us all pic.twitter.com/ij7nuFWBHg
— PCC | 🛫➡️Madfest (@PiltoverCC) March 16, 2019
— SuFii.. (@iSofyaanRajput) March 16, 2019
— Beck ~ kill-helping (@Queenie_Galore) March 16, 2019
— Michelle Law 🌈 (@ms_michellelaw) March 16, 2019
egg teen single handedly cured my depression and made the future look a lil brighter
— chaotic stupid (@heatheriley) March 16, 2019
– Steve Irwin (rip)
– egg boy
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) March 16, 2019
Egg Teen has done more to oppose fascists than most of our elected officials
— Emily Mulligan (@emilycmulligan) March 16, 2019
‘here comes the bacon for the egg’ what a fucking legend https://t.co/FR1tQjUqSP
— raccoon assed MF 🏳️🌈 (@letsgocrazysp) March 16, 2019
Some further commended Egg Boy’s strategic prowess, cool head and the immense guts required to pull this egging off.
a lot of ppl would have thrown that egg from a distance and run away but eggboy walked right up to his target and single-tapped him in the back of the head like a trained operator
— chair admirer (@KrangTNelson) March 16, 2019
Props to eggboy for selecting the ideal ammunition for his attack, the humble egg, which is funny, harmless, available everywhere, cheap, easy to transport, nice sound on impact, makes the target change their clothes. The perfect weapon for these times.
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) March 16, 2019
Egg Boy is genuinely great, isn't he. Check out his concentration and self-possession as he eggs that bastard, in a fash meeting he's just stone cold walked into, 17 and scrawny as hell and on his own, 100% knowing that what's about to happen to him will absolutely suck
— Pete Mitchell (@pdkmitchell) March 16, 2019
Biggest balls in the country.
Sneaks into a small meeting.
Stands at the front looking at all the tatts and singlets.
Says fuck it. I CAME HERE TO EGG A RACIST.
— Matt Schoey (@matt_schoey) March 16, 2019
Egg Boy is a small ray of joy in a dark time, even to some of those affected in Christchurch. Speaking to BuzzFeed reporter Lane Sainty, Christchurch local and attendee of Al Noor Mosque Ali Ahmadi said the video of Anning’s egging “made [his] day”.
Just on Egg Boy: Tonight I was talking to Ali, a young Muslim who prays at Al Noor, outside the Christchurch hospital. Mid convo he goes "Hey did you see the video of the Queensland senator getting hit by the egg?", pulls out his phone, plays it, and says "That made my day".
— Lane Sainty (@lanesainty) March 16, 2019
Egg Boy has since been identified online as high school student Will Connolly, who has seen a massive bump in Instagram followers.
However, though this was a beautiful moment in Australian politics, our Egg Prince shared a warning via an Instagram story for anyone who wishes to follow in his footsteps.
“Don’t egg politicians, you get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time. I learnt the hard way. Fuck.”
Our young hero has spoken “don’t egg a politician, you’ll tackled by 30 bogans at the same time, I learnt the hard way. Fuck” 😂 we Stan #Eggboy Will Connolly, nonetheless 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/nAUDuKSMP0
— ☀️ (@chuseeme) March 16, 2019