Many celebrities have come out to support a young boy by the name of Keaton Jones from Knoxville, Tennessee.
You’ve probably seen the video again and again over the weekend, but just in case you haven’t, (or you’re a masochist who like to feel your heart ripping out of your chest) here it is:
The video shows Keaton in a tearful discussion with his mother regarding bullying at his school.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What — what’s the point of it?”
During lunch, students would throw bread and pour milk on him. And as if that wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, he ends the video with the most positive advice he could think of:
“If you’re being made fun of, don’t let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It’s hard. It will probably get better one day.”
Well, he was right.
It started with Snoop Dogg sharing Keaton’s video, and then extending his own support for the brave child.
UFC President Dana White saw the video and invited Keaton to Vegas to come hang.
Chris Evans invited Keaton and his mother to next year’s Avengers premiere.
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
Titans tight end Delanie Walker did the same inviting them to a home game.
This led to an outpouring of even more celebs who have reached out to Keaton and shared their own responses on the bullying.
The hashtag #StandWithKeaton has also been trending on Twitter.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) December 11, 2017
We hear you #KeatonJones. I was bullied constantly growing up. And could never have put into words what you have. It does get better. And it gets better because of who are and what you know and how you share it with all of us. Thank you for your courage. https://t.co/P4cCQtkAnB
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) December 9, 2017
We #StandWithKeaton and anyone else who is bullied.
Kindness costs nothing. Just one kind comment or gesture can go a long way. Don’t hesitate to be kind, so many people need it in their lives.
— Buddy Project (@ProjectBuddy) December 11, 2017
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
Of course Cardi B had some choice words for Keaton’s bullies.
Who ever goes to this boy school ,If you pick on him you not even a bully YOU A STRAIGHT UP PUSSY ASS PUNK ASS BITCH .Like how you pick on somebody who can’t defend them self ? THATS NOT GANGSTA ! If you a parent or somebody big sis or big bro show your kids this video and show them why they should not bully others !!😡😡😡 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
LeBron knows what’s good!
Damn right! Bullies are straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps, etc, etc! Keaton keep your head up buddy and push forward! You're the best https://t.co/pqDgay77l9
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 11, 2017
Keaton has inspired so many people with his words, a GoFundMe page for his college career has been started and surpassed the goal set already.
The power of the messages to rally around Keaton and the anti bullying movement have been remarkable. A gofundme has been set up to raise money for Keaton’s college fund. In less than 24 hours over 22K has been raised. #StandWithKeaton https://t.co/wAv76PRYGo pic.twitter.com/nuWVVd54HT
— Davey Hudson (@Davey_Hudson) December 10, 2017
We’ve seen too many victims of bullying appear on social media. Four days ago we witnessed beloved adult film star August Ames take her life in what was a result of a cyber-bullying attack.
Although Keaton was a target himself, he can now say that he has many friends all over the world who will be there with him throughout the rest of his life.
Keaton, you are one of a kind for opening up. We know you’ll never have to worry about bullying again!
As for the Keaton’s mother, we’ll leave this here:
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel sympathetic towards that child.
But his mom, Kimberly on the other hand, is a suspected racist who makes very problematic posts bullying Black protesters #TheIrony pic.twitter.com/NUhidunP8z
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 11, 2017