Keaton Jones’ Bullying Video Goes Viral, Chris Evans & Other Celebs Offer Support
Keaton Jones is a Tennessee middle school student who has endured bullying from his peers. His mother, Kimberly Jones, posted a heart-wrenching video on Facebook on Friday with her son.
KEATON JONES BULLYING VIDEO GOES VIRAL, GARNERS LOVE & SUPPORT
The video showed the 11-year-old asking people why they bully others for looking differently. Kimberly Jones has since deleted the original video, which swiftly accumulated more than 22 million views.
The Jones’ video has nevertheless gone viral. A new hashtag, #StandWithKeaton, was born, and a GoFundMe page for the boy has collected $57,161 worth of donations. Moreover, several celebrities have expressed their support of the boy.
Actor Chris Evans – best known for portraying Captain America in Marvel Studios’ films – offered him and his mother tickets to next year’s hotly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
Dana White likewise invited him and his family to hang out with her at the Vegas-based UFC Headquarters, inspiring Donald Trump Jr. to offer them a place to stay should they come.
Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone pic.twitter.com/BR8c4ldDFc
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 10, 2017
Many other celebrities offered their love and support, too. A small sample can be seen below:
buddy next time I make it home to Knox I'm going to walk into that lunchroom with you and watch the bullies say they are sorry to you. you don't deserve that. keep your head up and continue to be kind…you will always Come out on top. sending a hug. https://t.co/fZn2hbMPKp
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) December 10, 2017
That’s a damn shame. Keaton if your around when we play in Memphis i would love to invite you to one of our games. Head up Champ! https://t.co/Moh9ObdgX8
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) December 11, 2017
— Brenna D'Amico (@brennadamico) December 11, 2017
Listen to Justin Bieber’s heartfelt message on Instagram for #KeatonJones who was bullied. Keaton’s message has now gone viral bringing awareness across the world. #StandwithKeaton pic.twitter.com/3TvlKQfkc4
— Glitter Magazine (@glittermagazine) December 11, 2017