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Egg Boy Is the Internet’s New Favorite Teen Activist Hero

He wasn't afraid to take a stand against a racist senator.

Henry Belot/Twitter

A 17-year-old is going viral for egging a far-right Australian politician on Saturday. Nicknamed “Egg Boy” on Twitter, Will Connolly is being heralded a hero after he cracked an egg on Senator Fraser Anning’s head before being punched and tackled to the ground.

The senator has come under fire for remarks he made blaming Muslims for the recent attacks on New Zealand mosques that killed 49 innocent people.

“The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” Anning said in a statement to the press. He also posted controversial tweets, like “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”

So at a press conference over the weekend, Connolly decided to take action. In a video, the teen smashes a raw egg on the back of the politician’s head. Anning then punches Connolly twice in the face before the boy is dragged to the ground, held in a chokehold, and beaten by the senator’s supporters. Both Anning and Connolly were arrested and later released.

The video has been viewed over 16 million times on Twitter as people applaud Connolly, the latest in a long string of teen heroes standing up for important issues, for his bravery.

As for what will happen to Anning, there’s currently a petition on for his removal from Parliament. And even Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out against Anning, taking Egg Boy’s side in the issue. USA Today reports that Morrison told reporters, “The full force of the law should be applied to Sen. Anning.”

And as for Egg Boy, a GoFundMe page created to raise money for Connolly’s legal fees and more eggs has already raised over $11,000. According to the page description, Connolly plans to donate the money to the victims of the Christchurch attack.