On March 15, an atrocious terrorist attack was carried out at two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. 50 people were killed and 50 injured, and the country has swiftly moved to ban assault rifles and confiscate the dangerous weapons through a buyback scheme. In the future, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she will also deal with making gun registration more thorough.
In the midst of the horror and pain that set over New Zealand, Independent Queensland Senator Fraser Anning released a press statement blaming the terrorist attack on Muslim immigration. Rather than blaming the attack on the alleged perpetrators, Senator Anning stated, “The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.” He added, “Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators.” These comments exemplified unsubstantiated Islamophobia and aggressive hate in a moment where compassion and love were needed.
A teenager earned international praise for confronting the Senator during a live television interview. 17-year-old Will Connolly boldly slapped an egg on the back of the politician’s head. All over the world, the video of the deserved egging has been spread, with people referring to Connolly as “Egg Boy.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for Connolly’s legal fees and “more eggs.” At the time of this writing, the page has raised $78,056, rising well over the $50,000 goal. Connolly has vowed to donate most of the money to the victims of the horrible Christchurch attack. Connolly’s egging has united many across the internet and condemned hate-filled speech.
Senator Anning, who slapped Connolly in response to the egging, has been called out by other Australian politicians. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Anning’s comments were “appalling and ugly and they have no place in Australia.” A change.org petition calling for Anning’s expulsion from parliament has received over 1,405,000 signatures and is quickly growing to closer to its 1,500,000 goal.