Keaton Jones bullying video prompts uber support from celebrities
A little boy named Keaton Jones from the state of Tennessee is fighting back against the bullies that torment him.
Keaton is sick of being mistreated at school and took to social media to fight back, asking his mother to take a video for him that she then posted to Facebook.
The video has gone viral with more than 22 million views and many celebrities have taken to social media to lend their support and congratulate him for speaking up when many would not.
“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold,” Chris Evans tweeted.
In the video, Jones says that he is tormented at school by kids who laugh at him, make fun of his nose and pour milk on him.
Keaton’s mom wrote: “We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
In the video, Keaton, asks “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
“People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault.
“It’s hard. It’ll probably get better one day.”
Celebrities lend their support to Keaton Jones
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to lend his support, writing: “That fact he has sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself, is a testament to who he is,” said Justin Bieber.
Dana White, UFC president wrote on Twitter: I want to 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.”
“If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay,” Donald Trump Jr. added.
“I think you’re so cool Keaton,” wrote Millie Bobby Brown.
“What makes you so special is that there is only one you,” tweeted Hailee Steinfeld, who invited Jones to her upcoming premier.
“Stay strong,” wrote Sean Hannity. “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?
Even Doctor Phil weighed in on Twitter: “Keaton- hang in there. Keep studying and never lose sight of your dreams. I was bullied and called fat. It gets better. Your bullies have been hurt somehow and that is why they need to hurt. They will fade away. Adventure is out there.”
Many local celebrities have also chimed in to give support to Keaton. Tennessee Titons tight end Delanie Walker invited the family to an upcoming home game, and some Tennessee Volunteer football players state that they wil be visiting Jones at school.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca