Australian teenager who broke an egg on a senator's head responds to his viral fame
Shortly after gunmen opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, an Australian politician was coming in for heavy criticism.
As at least 49 people worshipping in mosques lost their lives and several more suffered serious injuries, Fraser Anning, a senator for Queensland in Australia, was tweeting about the apparent link between extremist violence and Muslim immigration:
Following that tweet, Anning released a full statement which seemed to blame Muslim immigration for the attacks on mosques, stating:
"As always, leftwing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views, but this is all cliched nonsense. The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."
Anning's comments, which came after one of the gunmen was revealed to be an Australian citizen and self-professed 'fascist', have drawn heavy criticism on all sides. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern labelled the politician a "disgrace".
"We just condemn what he said and I’m absolutely delighted that his comments were condemned from the very top of government here in Australia and by the people of Australia," Ardern said, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed, adding that Anning's comments were "appalling and they’re ugly and they have no place in Australia".
"I want to absolutely and completely denounce the statements made from Senator Anning in all of the comments that he has made in his conflation of this horrendous terror attack with issues on immigration and Islamic faith."
Meanwhile one boy went viral for egging Fraser Anning during a television interview.
Although some people are calling for Anning to be prosecuted for hitting a teenager on camera, many more have praised the 17-year-old, now identified as Will Connolly but known all over the web as 'Egg Boy', for his viral prank. In a follow-up with the world now looking on, ABC News journalist Rashida Yosufzai had some words of advice for everybody, from the boy who wielded the egg.
"Don't egg politicians," Egg Boy can be heard saying. "You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time, I learnt the hard way. F**k."
Despite his viral fame, not everyone in Australia is a fan of Connolly's prank. While Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was quick to denounce Anning's comments, he was equally critical of the Egg Boy's stunt, saying the actions were harmful, rather than helpful, in refuting the controversial comments.
"It doesn’t matter what rubbish the politician was spouting, you don’t want to give this foolish politician, this hurtful politician any sense of the moral high ground because he has none."
After egging Fraser Anning, Will Connolly was tackled to the ground by several men, one of them can be heard saying: “You’re nothing but a weak, human f**king being.”