Eg­g­boi and per­for­ma­tive pol­i­tics

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IT WAS one of the cola beau­ties who decades ago said that “this world is a crazy plan­ets.” In the wake of the Christchurch mas­sacre where a white gun­man shot and killed forty-nine Mus­lim faith­ful in­side two mosques in New Zealand af­ter which a rightwing Aus­tralian politi­cian came out in pub­lic and blamed the vic­tims, the ob­ser­va­tion of the bomba queen ap­pears spot-on pre­scient more than thirty years af­ter ut­ter­ance.

Hu­man­ity’s only sav­ing grace in the wake of these har­row­ing events is the sin­gu­lar ac­tion of a 16 yearold Aus­tralian boy who will have none of the bull from the Mel­bourne politi­cian. While Sen­a­tor An­ning was launch­ing his tirade against the im­mi­grant com­mu­nity, as if the bul­lets that felled the forty nine were not painful and de­struc­tive enough, “egg boi” as he has come to be fondly called world­wide, prop­erly put the way­ward right-winger in his place by his uni­lat­eral move.

The in­ci­dent was prop­erly recorded not just by TV cam­eras but also by eg­g­boi’s own smart­phone. Net­work footage show the boy slowly tak­ing his cell­phone from his pocket with one hand, turn­ing on his video cam­era. And then, sud­denly, he swings his other hand to the politi­cian’s bald­ing pate crack­ing a fresh egg on his fore­head. It stopped the politi­cian from con­tin­u­ing to blame the at­tack on the in­flux of col­ored and Mus­lim mi­grants to their sup­posed once pris­tine white com­mu­ni­ties.

Of course, the Sen­a­tor’s hooli­gan roots kicked in and he was able to swing a punch or two against the boy who just a mo­ment ago was armed with a sin­gle fresh egg which has since been prop­erly dis­posed off at his face. But footage also show his se­cu­rity men tack­ling the boy to the floor faced down onto the floor.

Re­ports later on in­di­cate that the boy was ar­rested by the po­lice but later re­leased with no charges filed against him. Un­wit­tingly, his brave act be­came the touch­stone for the rest of the sane world to col­lec­tively rally to­gether to con­demn the mas­sacre and re­ject the pol­i­tics of white supremacy that en­ables it. Well-mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als put up a gofundme web­site that is now a few hun­dred dol­lars shy of the$50,000dol­lars­set­forhisle­galfees.

Eg­g­boi has since de­clared that the funds will be do­nated for the be­reaved fam­i­lies of the forty-nine who have fallen.

The act is wor­thy of ad­mi­ra­tion and a hearty chuckle and re­minds us of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents at the lo­cal front. There was the for­mer edi­tor of the Philip­pine Col­le­gian heck­ling the world’s most pow­er­ful woman who was then the expres­i­dent’s wife and the Sec­re­tary of State of the most pow­er­ful na­tion on earth. There were also ac­tivists who par­tic­i­pated in sim­i­lar egg-pelt­ing ac­tions at the State Univer­sity against real fas­cist mur­der­ers or se­cret fas­cists mas­querad­ing as ne­olib­eral tech­nocrats that pop­u­late one cor­ner of the cam­pus with his­tor­i­cal con­sis­tency.

These David and Go­liath in­ci­dents are fan­tas­tic ways to per­for­ma­tively un­mask the im­bal­ance in power. It is telling that eg­g­boi was set free with­out charges just like the egg­pel­ters and heck­lers of the past have since en­joyed their lib­er­ties lo­cally. The tor­ture and dis­ap­pear­ance of Archimedes Tra­jano un­der the Mar­cos dic­ta­tor­ship, the stu­dent from Ma­pua In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy who re­port­edly heck­led Imee Mar­cos for hav­ing in­stalled her­self as pres­i­dent of Ka­bataang Barangay, is the glar­ing ex­cep­tion, which should let us know of the level of de­prav­ity that this po­lit­i­cal fam­ily was, is, and will be ca­pa­ble of.

But by and large, these mo­men­tary dis­rup­tions in the prac­tice of power of dom­i­nant groups are sim­ply that, oc­ca­sions to show­case the lib­eral char­ac­ter of the given or­der. Per­for­ma­tive protests are given lee­way as long as they do not fun­da­men­tally al­ter the sys­tem and its op­er­a­tions.

How­ever, these are still use­ful and pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal prac­tices in so far as demon­strat­ing to so­ci­ety-at-large that the power of white su­prem­a­cists, politi­cians, and the State are not in­fal­li­ble and can be chal­lenged by even a 16 yearold boy armed with just a sin­gle fresh egg but with the wider silent pub­lic sen­ti­ment on his side.

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