People across the world were horrified when a white supremacist shooter killed 49 worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
If those monitoring the event weren't disgusted enough, Australian Senator Fraser Anning penned a statement on the massacre, blaming Muslims for the attack, instead of the Islamophobic ideology indicated in the 72 page manifesto left by the shooter.
Anning's letter said in part:
"Whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing muslim presence..While Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. World-wide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale."
People across the world found the letter repulsive for using the deaths of 49 Muslims to perpetuate the myth that practicers of Islam are inherently violent.
One boy was so disgusted by the rhetoric, he took action into his own hands.
Give #eggboy a medal. https://t.co/JpxurU1OGp— 🦃 Alexander Heller 🦃 (@🦃 Alexander Heller 🦃) 1552772023.0
A young man snuck into a pool of reporters asking the embattled Anning for clarification. As he began to parrot the same rhetoric as was used in his statement, 17 year old Will Connolly cracked an egg on the back of Anning's head. The stunned Anning began to throw punches before they both were subdued by bystanders.
While teenagers "egging" people and places is an act that's more often than not condemned, Connolly is being hailed as a hero.
That's right. Clark Kent may be Superman, Bruce Wayne may be Batman, but Will Connolly is #EggBoy.
#eggboy Thank you, Hero, you are a white lion❤️ https://t.co/25U8E6E5CO— 😄 (@😄) 1552763492.0
Not all superheroes wear capes,some throw eggs. #eggboy https://t.co/o4M2KnPYzg— Aamir Mari (@Aamir Mari) 1552763919.0
Support your local antifascist hero. #eggboy https://t.co/GauwAiBpgZ— Jonathan Martínez (@Jonathan Martínez) 1552773455.0
As happens with internet sensations, the memes an remixes weren't far behind.
In fact, they showed up immediately.
another #eggboy #meme because it feels good. https://t.co/hlJZOVcheN— Fr3ddie Boi (@Fr3ddie Boi) 1552779077.0
He’s a legend mate, well done #eggboy 💪🏻 can’t stop watching this👇🏻🤣🤣 https://t.co/yU7qGLtwd8— Fati bella (@Fati bella) 1552770576.0
I love that #eggboy has become a symbol of the resistance and activism of youth. Also the memes are top-shelf. https://t.co/jnVZuWBIfS— Áurea Kochanowski 🍍 (@Áurea Kochanowski 🍍) 1552772939.0
His actions inspired some artists to go to work as well.
#eggboy Hero of the day! Well done. https://t.co/y2qkbmUlFt— عبير فهد (@عبير فهد) 1552770168.0
#eggboy made Happy day for all the World 🌎 😆😛😜 https://t.co/IzjYEdWdEF— Muhammad Saleem #FreeKashmir (@Muhammad Saleem #FreeKashmir) 1552775305.0
Today I checked the trending topic on Twitter, then I found an interesting #eggboy hashtag. There are some of funny… https://t.co/SxC8EHnSSE— ibrahim Alhadidi (@ibrahim Alhadidi) 1552778646.0
Since Connolly threw the fateful egg, supporters have set up a GoFundMe page on his behalf.
this is international anarchy at its finest. #eggboy 🐣✊🏻 https://t.co/2rOu7BJslU— Sam Shirkey (@Sam Shirkey) 1552771848.0
The proceeds will go to legal fees and "more eggs."