‘This egg has united peo­ple,’ teen says of anti-bias protest

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS - By Is­abella Kwai

SYD­NEY – The Aus­tralian teenager known as “Egg Boy,” speak­ing pub­licly to the me­dia for the first time since he cracked an egg on a far-right politi­cian’s head, ac­knowl­edged, “I un­der­stand what I did was not the right thing to do.”

“How­ever,” the teenager, Will Con­nolly, 17, said in an in­ter­view with Chan­nel 10, an Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion chan­nel that aired Mon­day evening, “this egg has united peo­ple.”

Con­nolly, who has be­come an in­ter­na­tional sym­bol against big­otry be­cause of the en­counter, added that the episode had been used to raise tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for the fam­i­lies of those killed in the March 15 ter­ror­ist at­tack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

That money is from a fundrais­ing page that was set up for the teenager and ini­tially in­tended to help cover Con­nolly’s le­gal fees and to buy “more eggs.”

By Mon­day, it had raised al­most 80,000 Aus­tralian dol­lars, about $56,000.

A law firm has said it would rep­re­sent Con­nolly pro bono, al­low­ing all funds raised through the page to be do­nated to­ward vic­tims of the Christchurch at­tacks.

Con­nolly’s abrupt trans­for­ma­tion from anony­mous Aus­tralian teenager to in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion be­gan one day af­ter the Christchurch shoot­ings, when Fraser An­ning – a far-right Aus­tralian sen­a­tor who blamed Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion for the at­tack – gave a news con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne.

Con­nolly, a res­i­dent of the city, crept be­hind the sen­a­tor and smashed an egg on his head.

An­ning then struck the teenager twice in the head, and the teenager was tack­led by the sen­a­tor’s sup­port­ers.

The egging, cap­tured on video, raced through so­cial me­dia. In the days since, thou­sands of peo­ple around the world have em­braced Con­nolly’s ac­tions, and the teenager has been of­fered con­cert tick­ets for life, cap­tured in street art, and hon­ored by bas­ket­ball play­ers and talk show hosts.

An­ning has not apol­o­gized for his com­ments and said the teenager de­served what he got.

A lawyer for Con­nolly, Peter Gor­don, said last week that there was “no in­di­ca­tion” that Con­nolly would be charged with a crime and added that his client had no plans to take le­gal ac­tion against An­ning.

Ex­plain­ing how the egging had come to be, he said that given the tragedy in Christchurch, when he saw An­ning’s state­ment he was “just flat-out dis­gusted.”

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