The teen who was branded “Egg Boy” after cracking an egg on Fraser Anning’s head has been spotted at a Melbourne “Freedom Rally”.
Will Connolly, aka, Egg Boy, was spotted at the ‘Freedom Rally’ that took place in Melbourne this weekend.
On Saturday, thousands of people joined together for rallies across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart, protesting vaccination mandates and Covid restrictions.
Mr Connolly was seen attending the Melbourne protest over the weekend, speaking to Rebel News Online reporter Avi Yemini during the rally.
Mr Connolly made headlines around the world in 2019 after he cracked a raw egg over controversial former politician Fraser Anning’s head.
The egging came after Mr Anning made victim-blaming comments in the wake of Christchurch mosque shootings.
The then 17-year-old was affectionately branded ‘Egg Boy’ following the incident and escaped charges over the egg cracking.
He then donated the almost $100,000 raised from a GoFundMe to help with his legal fees to victims of the Christchurch massacre.
On Saturday, Mr Connolly told Yemini that he didn’t care about “left” and “right wing” politics, and his reasons for joining the protests were to promote “unity and love”.
“If a leader leads and brings people together, that’s what I want. That is my compass and I follow that, and I look and I don’t see that from our current situation. That’s why I am here supporting,” he said.
“This started with 300 people, look around, hundreds of thousands.”
During the Melbourne rally, anti-fascist protesters converged on the Eight Hour Day Monument after demonstrators vowed to counter protest the so-called “freedom rallies”.
Authorities had been concerned the situation could escalate if the two protests collided, with Victoria Police deploying a significant number of officers to the scene.
Yemini said he was attacked by antifa protesters, with a video showing a protester appearing to try and pull the microphone from his hands.
This resulted in Yemini being pulled further into the crowd before police intervened.
Another clip showed the reporter being pushed by a protester as he was escorted away by police.
Speaking about the counter protesters, Mr Connolly said “fear does weird things to people”.
“I would like to give them compassion and if they want to be compassionate to everyone … they’re not,” he said.
“I think it comes down to humility. I think a big problem right now is not wanting to know and ignorance, the opposite of that is curiosity and in order to be curious you have to assume you have something to learn.
“I think that brings people together and I think that is really important.”
News.com.au contacted Mr Connolly for comment but has not yet recieved a reply.
Mr Connolly’s appearance at the “Freedom Rally” comes just a few months after he copped major backlash online for posting misinformation around Covid testing.
In July, he shared debunked theories to his more than 326,000 Instagram followers that falsely claimed Covid tests don’t work.
“Jaw dropped reading this today,” he captioned one post. “CDC (centre for disease control) found out the creator of the PCR test (nose swab) Kary Mullis who has a Nobel prize in chemistry said the same thing. His words,” Mr Connolly wrote in an Instagram post.
“What does this mean for every positive test found all around the world?”
He also claimed people had been messaging him this information for almost two years and had “turned out to be right”.
He then urged his followers to have a “peaceful discussion” around the false claims.
The post was quickly hidden by Instagram and flagged as misinformation after the claims were debunked by two independent fact checkers.
One of the claims was that the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) was getting rid of the PCR Covid tests because they can’t differentiate between Covid and the flu.
Fact-checking website Science Feedback found this to be incorrect, stating, “EUA withdrawal for CDC Covid-19 PCR test is due to the development of newer tests that help save time and resources, not because the test is faulty.”
FactCheck.org backed this up, saying the announcement from the CDC was about plans for the eventual discontinuation of its own Covid test.
“The FDA did not revoke the CDC test’s emergency use authorisation or question the reliability of PCR tests, an FDA spokesman confirmed to us,” the website stated.
Mr Connolly’s now-deleted post stirred up a lot of backlash, with his followers criticising him for spreading misinformation.
“Your post has been listed as providing false information. Stick to what you know best egg boy and leave this to the adults,” one person wrote.
“Stop. You’ve been warned enough, I know you have. Stop this garbage. Pull your head in. The grifters who peddle this garbage were all behind the Fraser Annings of the world a couple of years ago. You aren’t a ‘hero’ if you go on to do more f**king damage than you ever did good. Stop,” another said.
In response to the backlash, Mr Connolly shared a video addressing what he called the “insta post rukkas (sic)”.
He claimed his intention was to create “understanding, discussion and clarity”, not to upset people.
“I have been called a fascist, an anti-vaxxer and a Covid-denier. That’s just ridiculous,” he said.
Mr Connolly said while he agrees that Covid exists, he doesn’t agree with “the media’s portrayal of it”.
He also hit back against accusations he is an anti-vaxxer, saying: “Vaccines can save lives, for god’s sake. And I like lives, so yeah”.
In the past 24 hours, Mr Connolly shared a post to his Instagram story commenting on a video of Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner saying people who don’t support vaccine mandates for particular professions are anti-vaxxers.
“If you support … anybody who argues against the vaccine, you are an anti-vaxxer. Absolutely,” Mr Gunner says in the video.
“Our vaccine mandate is absolutely crucial to protecting life, particularly Aboriginal life.”
In his post, Mr Connolly described the video as “so cooked” and referred to a family member and friends he claims had a reaction to the vaccine.
“What about a family member of mine who had a rare stroke or a couple of my mates who had heart conditions after who really felt uncomfortable getting their next one?” he wrote.