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The Internet Celebrates Egg Boy, The Teen Who Egged Senator Fraser Anning

Egg Boy and 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.

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.

Some further commended Egg Boy’s strategic prowess, cool head and the immense guts required to pull this egging off.

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”.

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.”