Who would have believed that the stupid little shit that egged Senator Anning, a cowardly squish from behind mind you, would make news even for the Washington Post? Although, being a Trump hating Leftie publication it is fitting to attack a right wing politician like Anning who speaks his mind in the fashion of Trump.We now learn that all eggings are not equal, especially when it comes to punishment for assault—which egging is. Anning’s egger Will Connolly was not charged. In the UK A Brexit supporter who egged Jeremy Corbyn while yelling “respect the vote” has just been jailed for 28 days. John Murphy, 31, admitted attacking the Labour leader with an egg following the MP’s visit to a mosque in his Islington North constituency on 3 March. The Irish now hold fame for Leprechauns and egging—Connolly and Murphy.
Source: The Washington Post
Egg Boy says he ‘united people’. Scientists may have cracked why
The heroes usually honoured after terrorist attacks are first responders, who rushed to the scene to rescue lives.
But after the Christchurch mosque attack, in which at least 50 people were killed, a 17-year-old Melbourne teenager, Will Connolly, rose to prominence after he took matters into his own hands and egged Senator Fraser Anning, who had just blamed Muslims for the anti-Muslim attack that unfolded in New Zealand.
The teen protester who broke an egg over the head of controversial Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has received an avalanche of public support.
The video of the incident and of the right-wing Queensland Senator subsequently punching ‘Egg Boy’ immediately went viral. Around the world, he was celebrated and Anning was condemned, even though some cautioned that a provocation that may result in further violence is never an appropriate response.
During his first interview on Channel 10 on Monday, Connolly acknowledged that “what I did was not the right thing to do”.
“However, this egg has united people and, you know, money has been raised, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for those victims,” Connolly told the network.
“I’ve had one lady reach out to one of my friends in Christchurch and she said to me that throughout this period of darkness in her life was the one time since she smiled since the tragedy and that, I’m speechless,” Connolly said.
To my family, friends and people around the world, I would like to thank everyone for all the overwhelming support.
I’m so proud to stand for what is right and I encourage everyone to stand up for what you all believe in. I do not condone violence and I do not condone egging someone, and everyone has a right to an opinion, but as I listened to Senator Anning for over an hour, I realised a point had to be made and if no one was going to do anything, then I was.
Connolly may have been shocked by his sudden fame, after what appeared to be a more or less spontaneous idea in response to a tragic event. But researchers who have studied how human brains tend to react to terrorist attacks were likely less surprised.
Prior research focusing on the 2011 right-wing extremist attack by Anders Breivik in Norway – considered a role model by alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant – showed that terrorism often has a cross-border psychological impact.
After the 2011 attack, in which 77 people were killed, stress and trauma-related illnesses surged in neighbouring Denmark as a direct impact of the Norway shooting.
Egg Boy’s star status rose astronomically after the incident. He was honored in a mural in a Melbourne laneway. Traynor
“Our research shows that the effect of terrorist attacks cross national borders and affect people in other countries to such a degree that they develop mental disorders,” Søren Dinesen Østergaard, associate professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, said at the time.
While traumatic disorders among observers who watch coverage of terrorist attacks abroad remains rare, the Danish study backs up decades-old evidence for a much broader impact of such attacks than we often realise. “Terror Management Theory,” Christopher Long and Dara Greenwood wrote in a 2013 study, “posits that human awareness (whether conscious or unconscious) of the inevitability of death can lead to potentially paralysing anxiety.”
And that’s where humour and the sort of response that captivated the world’s attention hours after the Christchurch attack comes in.
“Humour production may be particularly relevant to staving off death anxiety, not only because it typically is a culture-bound phenomenon, and hence useful for reaffirming one’s place in society, but humour has also been identified as a psychologically useful coping mechanism that enables individuals to remain resilient in the face of aversive life circumstances,” wrote Long and Greenwood.
The two researchers also argue that humour can help observers “infuse the random chaos and suffering of everyday life with significance”. In the case of Egg Boy, observers may have applauded what they saw as a justifiable public embarrassment of a politician whose anti-Muslim ideology has been condemned for encouraging right-wing extremist ideologies and for potentially radicalising extremists.
Anning’s violent response to what appeared to be a rather harmless incident made viewers around the world rally around Egg Boy even more. That mix of the response to being egged and the underlying circumstances determine in which direction public opinion will sway.
When British then-deputy prime minister John Prescott was egged in 2001, for instance, he tackled the egg thrower in what tabloids later dubbed a “punch scuffle”. Surveys subsequently suggested that the public largely considered Prescott’s violent response to be justified. Such support rises and falls with the popularity of the target, though, and some politicians may have wished they had responded to being caked or egged in a more restrained way.
French politician Nicolas Sarkozy, for instance, responded in fury after he had a pie thrown at him while he was still a local mayor. But about two decades later, then-president Sarkozy himself had to apologise after his own son threw a tomato at a police officer.
While eggs and other items thrown at politicians almost always spark debates over the limits of reasonable protest, they often distract from the more serious issues that triggered those incidents. In the case of Egg Boy, distraction may have been exactly what the millions of viewers were looking for.
But almost two weeks after he threw the world famous egg, Connolly appeared to have second thoughts during his interview with Channel 10 – not so much over the limits of reasonable protests, but over how much we should allow ourselves to be distracted: “It’s playing out completely out of proportion, to the point where it’s kind of embarrassing, because too much attention is actually brought away from the real victims suffering,” the 17-year-old cautioned.