Will Connolly, who you might know better as “Egg Boy” after he smashed an egg on the head of Australian senator Fraser Anning, has given his first public interview.
Connolly egged Anning after he appeared to blame Muslims in response to the murder of 50 people in the Christchurch terror attacks. The incident went viral worldwide and made international headlines.
In response, he has been given free lifetime tickets to festivals and concerts, with people also donating $80,000 to a GoFundMe page for him. He has pledged to donate “every penny” of the money to the families of those who died in Christchurch.
Breaking his silence, so to speak, he told The Project:
After that tragedy in Christchurch, I thought the world should be supporting those victims … and the senator released a statement which was pretty much a divisive hate speech … and I was just flat out disgusted.
I actually went in there and listened to him for an hour.
I wanted to forgive him then he said more things.
He said he didn’t expect the incident to go viral and tried to bring focus back to the victims.
Too much attention has been brought away form the victims.
Though, all jokes aside, he does understand that egging Anning was “not the right thing to do", saying:
There’s no reason to physically attack anyone.
When asked if he would apologise, he said that he understands why some people were annoyed, but thinks the incident has brought people together and has been a positive experience overall.
This egg has united people.
After his interview, Will told his Instagram that he was “so proud to stand for what is right". Following the incident, his follower count has grown to over 600,000.
I encourage everyone to stand up for what you all believe in. 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.
I’m so humbled to be able to shed more light in response to the Christchurch shootings. My heart goes out to all who are suffering. I’ve had one lady from Christchurch tell me that through this period of darkness in her life, it’s the first time she’s smiled since the shootings, which meant so much to me.
The main focus here has to be the people who are suffering and the issue at hand, and I’m really happy it has united people the way it has.
I will continue to try and make the world a better place and I hope the end of racism is on the horizon. Keep spreading the love.