‘This particular Egg Has United People,’ Teenager Says of Protest Against Bigotry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian teenager known as “Egg Boy,” speaking publicly to the news media for once since he cracked an egg on a far-right politician’s head, acknowledged, “I understand what I did was not the right thing to do.”

“However,” the teenager, Will Connolly, 17, said in an interview with Channel 10, an Australian television channel that will aired on Monday evening, “This particular egg has united people.”

Mr. Connolly, who has become an international symbol against bigotry because of the encounter, added that will the episode had been used to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the families of those killed from the March 15 terrorist attack in Christchurch, completely new Zealand.

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that will money is actually coming from a fund-raising page that will was set up for the teenager as well as initially intended to help cover Mr. Connolly’s legal fees as well as to buy “more eggs.” By Monday, the idea had raised almost 80,000 Australian dollars, about $56,000.

A law firm has said the idea could represent Mr. Connolly pro bono, allowing all funds raised through the page to be donated toward victims of the Christchurch attacks.

Mr. Connolly’s abrupt transformation coming from anonymous Australian teenager to international sensation began one day after the Christchurch shootings, when Fraser Anning — a far-right Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigration for the attack — gave a news conference in Melbourne.

The egging, captured on video, raced through social media. from the days since, thousands of people around the earth have embraced Mr. Connolly’s actions, as well as the teenager has been offered concert tickets for life, captured in street art, as well as honored by basketball players as well as talk show hosts.

Mr. Anning has not apologized for his comments, as well as said the teenager deserved what he got.

A lawyer for Mr. Connolly, Peter Gordon, said last week that will there was “no indication” that will Mr. Connolly could be charged having a crime, as well as added that will his client had no plans to take legal action against Mr. Anning.

The worldwide reaction to his act has seemed to surprise Mr. Connolly, as well as the teenager said from the interview that will the last week had been an overwhelming whirl of emotions, coming from stress to happiness.

“the idea’s blown up completely out of proportion to the point where the idea’s embarrassing,” he said.

Explaining how the egging had come to be, he said that will given the tragedy in Christchurch, when he saw Mr. Anning’s statement he was “just flat-out disgusted.”

Still, the teenager said that will he had listened to Mr. Anning speak for an hour at the news conference to see whether he could change his mind. “In my mind I wanted to forgive him,” Mr. Connolly said. nevertheless as the senator’s continued his comments, the nature of them “empowered me to egg him.”

from the days since, he said, he hasn’t had time to process all of the free offers he has received, nevertheless he is actually sure of one thing: “I’m officially off coming from eggs at This particular point.”