Chris Evans, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and other A-list stars have rallied around bullying victim Keaton Jones who appeared in a viral video.
Tennessee student Keaton Jones asked his mother, Kimberly Jones to film him while he tearfully recounts the bullying he has had to endure. Kimberly says her son made the request “after he had me pick him up again because he was afraid to go to lunch”. She then went on to post the clip in her personal Facebook page wherein it turned viral and so far has been viewed 22 million times.
In the video Keaton is seen inside his car as he recalls the times other students made fun of his nose, put ham in his clothes and poured milk on him. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK." he says in between tears “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you.”
Rapper Snoop Dogg reposted the video on Instagram and wrote "Say lil Man U gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate".
A sentiment which was echoed by Justin Bieber who posted a video in support of Keaton. “The fact that he still has sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” Bieber said, he then followed it up by encouraging Keaton to DM him.
Meanwhile fellow pop star Katy Perry posted “This broke my ???? today, Please be kind to one another.”
Captain America star Chris Evans then wrote on twitter telling 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?"
His fellow Avengers stars, Mark Ruffalo also sent out a tweet in support of Keaton echoing Evans' invite to the premier of Avengers Infinity Wars next year. Other major celebrities who also sent out their support includes, Cardi B, Terry Crews Mark Hamill, UFC Fighter Tim Kennedy. and Tennessee quarterback Jaret Guarantano even met Keaton on Sunday.
Kimberly Jones then went on to post her thanks on Facebook “Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now. I love each of you for what you are doing, but there is literally no way I can respond or even read all of the messages,” she said. “I’m not trying to be rude, or ungrateful, I’m just overwhelmed & at the end of the day, this isn’t new for us, & we still have to truck on thru the day to day.” she wrote.
This is great of course for Keaton, his mother Kimberly and for the message it sends about bullying. But let us not forget that there are kids out there, even adults who are victims of bullying, who are not in any viral video. They may be suffering just as bad or even worse than Keaton, and it is important for us not just to remember them but to stand up to bullying wherever we encounter it.