The internet has fallen in love with Will Connolly, the Australian teenager who took a crack at shaming a bigoted senator by crushing an egg on his head and got lots of love for it.
Reviled Australian Senator Fraser Anning released a statement in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, in which 50 people were killed at two mosques.
Instead of castigating the 28-year-old white supremacist gunman, Anning blamed the shooting on Muslim immigration.
It was during a far-right rally where the intrepid egged crusader inflicted retribution on the politician.
But, there's another reason for admirers to love the fearless 17-year-old.
He will be donating money from his GoFundMe page that was set up in his honor to the victims of the terrorist attack.
Here's a clip of Egg Boy (or "EggBoi" as he is being dubbed), crushing it.
Someone has just slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head, who immediately turned arou… https://t.co/blozLw14tW— Henry Belot (@Henry Belot)1552714491.0
A GoFundMe page was set up in his Connolly's honor to cover "legal fees" and "more eggs" after the boy was arrested for detonating his yolk grenade.
The fund's total exceeded the $50,000 goal, which is the amount symbolizing the 50 lives lost in the New Zealand massacre.
But according to the person who set up the campaign, Connolly reached out via text and said that he "plans to send a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack."
'Egg Boy' to donate money raised for him towards victims of Christchurch terror attack https://t.co/PkI6Pjv63d— nzherald (@nzherald)1552878012.0
This is undeniable:
@nzherald He’s a good egg— Jason (@Jason)1552885150.0
Australia has a new fearless hero, EggBoy. He destroys fascist politicians just cracking eggs #eggboy #EggBoyHero… https://t.co/xbuPoSiIiW— Bruce Bitmunsch (@Bruce Bitmunsch)1552784802.0
@nzherald He's a bloody legend. As is the artist that made this. https://t.co/QUJqC0Velu— paul le comte (@paul le comte)1552883305.0
@BrausHunter We need more heroes like Egg Boy. Crush the kleptocracy with non-violence. Heal the proletariat with h… https://t.co/TqVAwKNIZV— WTF Florida? (@WTF Florida?)1552922486.0
@nzherald @TheMcBang I actually want to meet this kid’s parents and thank them for raising such a great kid— Coconut Brown Girl (@Coconut Brown Girl)1552885510.0
@KrangTNelson a young legend https://t.co/IvS9FhpwPc— Alonza (@Alonza)1552762459.0
Connolly was released with no charges and said in a video that he learnt his lesson.
"Don't egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time," he said, using a derogatory slang term applied to unsophisticated Australians like the far-right Anning supporters who tackled him.
Some noted the physical attacks Connolly endured were more undeserving.
@MofazzalHC @adnaan1 @nzherald @FraserAnning @WillConnollyAU Looks like the brutal assault of a minor by 4 heavily… https://t.co/ZNdLyAQEHh— John Hopkins (@John Hopkins)1552926189.0
@nzherald Those thugs that tackle the boy, is that not using unnecessarily excessive force? Isn’t there a law in Au… https://t.co/nAPJ4B8BW3— John Chen (@John Chen)1552881670.0
EggBoi later tweeted:
"This was the moment I felt so proud to exists as a human being. Let me inform all you guys, Muslims are not terrorists and terrorism has no religion. All those who consider Muslims a terrorist community have empty heads like Anning."
Connolly was advised not to use social media due to the legal proceedings against him.
@AhmediEsra @nzherald It sucks that Will’s account is still banned by Twitter.— Brad Craig (@Brad Craig)1552910364.0
Anning's statement following the terrorist attack wrote, in part:
"Whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, that "it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand of the increasing Muslim presence."
He added that "the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today" is because of the immigration policy enabling "Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."
While Connolly's Twitter account remains suspended, other users managed to upload the video of him thanking everyone for their support.
Our young hero has spoken “don’t egg a politician, you’ll tackled by 30 bogans at the same time, I learnt the hard… https://t.co/LgyVvCMFeS— ☀️ (@☀️)1552740211.0