Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Let's not make 'egg boy' our national hero, please

Let's not make 'egg boy' our national hero, please

Independent Australian Senator Fraser Anning attracted widespread criticism for appearing to blame Friday's white supremacist attack on two Christchurch mosques, which left at least 50 people dead, on Muslim immigration to New Zealand.

"Senator Fraser Anning's views have no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country", Kate Ahmad, who started the petition, wrote on the page.

Will Connolly, 17, egged Australian senator Fraser Anning midway through a press conference in Melbourne, a day after Anning's controversial comments. He was arrested for a while but released without any charge.

Calls to Anning's electoral and parliamentary offices went unanswered on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page was set up for "Our hero EggBoi", to help cover any "legal fees" and "more eggs".

Since the incident though, the music world has been quick to show their support for the teenager, with artists, festivals, and promoters offering numerous benefits to the young man who has been dubbed Egg Boy.

Media were banned from entering the Brisbane event where Senator Anning had his own stall displaying gun paraphernalia, just two days after 50 people were gunned down at two mosques in New Zealand. And the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand have condemned Mr Anning for what he said about Muslims and what he did to the teen now known as "egg boy".

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Connolly later posted a short video to Twitter identifying himself as "Egg Boy" and asked people not to egg politicians for the consequences of such act is not pleasant.

"I don't regret anything I do", he said. Anning, a member of Australia's far-right "One Nation" party, has made similar Islamophobic statements in the past.

"The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place", he said in a statement.

Netizens hailed Conolly for egging Fanning and treated him like a superhero.

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However, the person who created the page said Connolly had got in touch with him and said that "he is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attacks".

University of Sydney political sociologist Professor Ariadne Vromen said people did not sign petitions such as these without care or thought. "I learnt the hard way".

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