It’s hard to imagine how one chicken ovum and one 17-year-old could bring the world so much joy. Egg Boy made that happen.
Anger had flared since Queensland senator Fraser Anning released a statement in reaction to Friday’s Christchurch massacre.
Many powerful words have been said against Anning’s hateful take on the tragedy.
However, only one Australian was brave enough to take action, that Australian was Egg Boy.
Yesterday, Anning was giving a small press conference in Moorabbin, Victoria when Egg Boy - aka 17-year-old William Connolly - calmly walked up behind the senator, whipped out his phone and cracked an egg right on Anning’s noggin’.
Here is that moment from multiple angles because technology is both a gift and a curse.
Connolly was taken into custody by Victorian police following the incident but was later released without charge.
Since then there has been an outpouring of support for Connolly.
There’s been a GoFundMe set up to pay for Connolly’s legal fees plus “more eggs”. Despite being live for less than 24 hours, it’s already surpassed its $2000 goal by $12,000.
Almost overnight Connolly’s Instagram has skyrocketed from a couple of hundred followers to 197,000 with every one of his photos adorned with well-wishes from fans.
A number of bands, including Violent Soho, Hilltop Hoods and The Living End, have offered the teen lifetime guest list spots.
There’s been calls to make Connolly Australian of The Year.
There’s even a conspiracy circulating online after journalist Eleanor Robertson noticed that the shirt Connolly was wearing bore the Roman numerals MCMXVII (1917). The same year in which Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes was egged in the famous Egg Throwing Incident.
Connolly has made one online appearance post-egging, in a video uploaded to his Snapchat he warned people not to do what he did lest they get “tackled by 30 bogans.”
In a time of such sadness and grief, Egg Boy has represented a glimmer of hope.
Long live Egg Boy. Now, let's all watch the video one last time.