'Egg Boy' speaks out why he smashed egg on Australian senator
Connolly, 17, had cracked an egg on Australian senator Fraser Anning's head as he made a speeching blaming Muslim immigration for the attacks on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead.
Australia's "Egg Boy" — Will Connolly — has said his egg attack on an Australian senator has "united people".
Connolly had cracked an egg on Australian seantor Fraser Anning after the New Zealand mosque massacre. Anning was at the time making a speech blaming Muslim immigration to New Zealand for the attacks.
"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," Anning had said.
Video of the egg attack had very quickly gone viral around the world, with sympathy largely coming down on the side of Connolly.
The video showed Connolly cracking an egg on Anning's head as he speaks. The senator turns around and hits Connolly, and then hits him again.
"After that tragedy in Christchurch, I thought the world should be supporting all those victims, giving them love and passion. And the senator released a statement, which was pretty much a divisive hate speech blaming the victims for the attack," Connolly told Australia's Network 10.
"I was just flat-out disgusted," he added.
"I didn't think this was going to blow up. In fact, it's blown up completely out of proportion, to the point where it's kind of embarrassing because too much of the attention is brought away from the real victims suffering — we should be focusing on them," Connolly said to Network 10.
"I understand what I did was not the right thing to do, however this egg has united people and money had been raised — tens of thousands of dollars has been raised for those victims."
Anning had sued Connolly... and donations poured in for Connolly's legal defence. Connolly later said the money collected — over $50,000 — would be donated to the victims.
"I'm so proud to stand for what is right and I encourage everyone to stand up for what you all believe in," Connolly had written earlier on Twitter.
"I do not condone violence and I do not condone egging someone, and everyone has a right to an opinion, but as I listened to Senator Anning for over an hour, I realised a point had to be made and if no one was going to do anything, then I was," he added.