Social media awash with praise for #EggBoyhero

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Updated 18 March 2019
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Social media awash with praise for #EggBoyhero

  • Speaking in a short video clip posted on social media, Connolly said he had no regrets over the incident
  • Twitter users hailed the teenager for standing up to racism, and many have created fan art to show their support

LONDON: A teenager who egged an Australian politician blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand terror attack on two mosques is being celebrated by social media users who are using the trending Twitter hashtag #Eggboyhero.
Will Connolly, 17, egged Australian senator Fraser Anning midway through a press conference in Melbourne, a day after Anning’s controversial comments. Connolly’s Instagram now has more than 241,000 followers and his Twitter feed is flooded with fans calling him a “hero”.
Speaking in a short video clip posted on social media, Connolly said he had no regrets: “Don’t egg a politician, you’ll get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time, I learned the hard way,” he added.
Twitter users hailed the teenager for standing up to racism, and many have created fan art to show their support.
In response, Connolly tweeted “I am overwhelmed by all your messages and support! THANK YOU, #egg boy #WillConnolly.”


Twitter user @yasinshahz wrote “Some time just an egg make you world famous and a superstar this is the power of humanity and respect of religions #EggBoyHero you are an other Nelson Mandela. (sic)”
@617SoftwareGuy said that Connolly deserved “a shoutout”. He added that: “Anybody who stands up to white nationalism and racism like this, in a “somewhat” non-violent way (note the response from the guy was to throw haymakers) deserves to be given kudos…”
@official_alajmi tweeted with fan art of Connolly. He wrote “#EggBoyHero Not all the heroes wore a super cool mask and costume , Some of them throw eggs.”

@iAhsanBaig, meanwhile, wrote: “In a world of terrorists , be an Egg boy. #EggBoyHero.”
@Kemre1312 said: “You have won the hearts of mankind! #EggBoyHero.”
@FelicityGP asked whether Anning was to blame for the egging incident according to his way of thinking: “If Fraser Anning thinks that Muslims are to blame for the violence enacted against themselves, then isn’t HE to blame for the egg-violence enacted against himself?”



Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 23 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.