Mon, 25 Mar, 2019
Egg boy breaks his silence: “What I did was not the right thing”
Will Connolly or "Egg Boy" – what he’s most well known as – has spoken to The Project about his actions.
Connolly rose to viral fame as he egged Senator Fraser Anning after his comments about the Christchurch attacks.
He exclusively spoke to Hamish McDonald and was apologetic for the way that things went down.
“I understand what I did was not the right thing to do and I can understand why some people reacted the way they did,” he explained.
The 17-year-old also said there was “no reason to physically attack anyone” ever and his mother was “glad I stood up for what I believe in but she definitely disagrees with the way I did it”.
Ever since he cracked the egg that divided the nation, Melbourne teenager Will Connolly, better known as #EggBoy, has been both vilified and dubbed the “hero of the Earth”.
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“I understand what I did was not the right thing to do, however, this egg has united people, and money has been raised, tens of thousands of dollars has been raised for those victims,” Connolly said.
He said that he had listened to the senator speak for about an hour before deciding to egg him.
It’s clear that Connolly didn’t think that it would go viral.
“I didn’t expect him to react, I thought I was just going to walk out there. 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.”
A GoFundMe campaign was started in support of Connolly and it has raised more than $79,000. He has confirmed that all money is going to the victims of the Christchurch attack.
He took to Instagram to share a post about the interview.
Highlights from the post include:
“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,” Connolly said.
He added: “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.”
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To my family, friends and people around the world, I would like to thank everyone for all the overwhelming support. I’m so proud to stand for what is right and 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 ❤️. Will Connolly
Fraser Anning has also said he has no regrets about the way he defended himself after the egging.
“I don’t regret anything I do,” Anning said.
“I defended myself, that’s what Australians do usually, they defend themselves … he got a slap across the face which is what his mother should have given him a long time ago because he’s been misbehaving badly.”
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