'Egg Boy' Faces Backlash for Cracking Egg Over Politician's Head

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Hailed as a champion by some, vilified by others. 

Will Connolly, 17, was captured egging Queensland Sen. Fraser Anning on live TV Saturday. Anning had remarked that Muslim immigration was the reason for the recent terror attacks that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured at two mosques in New Zealand

In the video, Anning slaps the teen two times after the egging, and then Connolly is tackled to the ground and put in a chokehold. He was later arrested.

Now known as "Egg Boy," Connolly has earned heaps of praise, including from actor Armie Hammer and HBO's John Oliver. 

"I love that guy. I hope he inspires copycats," Hammer said. "Everyone should be like Egg Boy. Everyone." 

Added Oliver, "More eggs! That is fantastic!"

But others are less than pleased. 

"I would have knocked that kid cold," said actor Dean Cain. 

Fox News' Laura Ingraham compared the reaction to that faced by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who was at the center of the viral video that showed him standing passively in front of a Native American on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

"All right, think about the Covington Catholic kid, Nick Sandmann," she wrote in an editorial. "He just stood still and the elites like Armie Hammer and others accused that kid of being a racist and a provocateur.

"But in the Australia case, they take the kid's side because the politician he assaulted, albeit with an egg, was himself far-right," she continued. "So if the target is someone not [toeing] the social justice line, it's OK to assault him, even have copycats."

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $60,000 for Egg Boy, who has said he plans to donate the money to victims of the New Zealand attack.

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