Superstars such as Chris Evans, Snoop Dogg, Mark Hamill, Dana White and more have united together for a young boy who has gone viral for a very sad reason.
Kimberley Jones posted a heart-wrenching video of her son Keaton on Friday after picking him up in Knoxville, Tennessee because he was too frightened to eat in school.
YALL HE IS SHAKING!!!!! This is what is going on in these school what about the ones who don’t tell someone?? THIS IS WHY I CANT STAND A FUCKIN BULLY!!! pic.twitter.com/reE43WvDQK
— ?????? ??????? (@Elijah_Official) December 9, 2017
The emotional video, which has now been viewed over 22 million times, featured Keaton crying over his tormentors who pick on him because of his looks.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What is the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It is not okay,” Keaton cried.
He goes on to add that “People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It is not their fault. If you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you.”
The upsetting video went viral as it highlights the devastating and disturbing effect that bullying can have on young people.
It has now caught the attention of celebrities who have reached out and offered their support to Keaton to give him a little bit of happiness back.
@Lakyn_Jones Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ??
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
Captain America star Chris Evans urged Keaton to “stay strong” and offered the schoolboy to come to the opening of the highly 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
Rapper Snoop Dogg shared the viral hit with his 20+ million Instagram followers, telling Keaton to talk to him and that he had a “friend for a life.”
Star Wars star Mark Hamill defended Keaton and advised him to not waste time worrying about what his bullies thought of him, adding: “They’re just jealous because you’re so smart [and] handsome.”
Keaton-Don't waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They're sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don't like themselves-They're just jealous because you're so smart & handsome??Your friend-mh https://t.co/SUMw3OoCTm
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 10, 2017
Singer Demi Lovato, who has dealt with bullies herself, offered her support with the hashtag #ISupportKeaton.
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
The story even moved the Tennessee Titians in the NFL and the players offered messages of support and a chance to meet them at a game.
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) December 9, 2017
Keaton and his family have been inundated with messages of love and support but also had money raised for them. A GoFundMe page has been set up for him, aiming to raise $20,000.
Most importantly, Keaton’s mother Kimberley has urged the parents of the bullies to speak with their children and finished her post, saying: “We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”
We are sorry to hear that Keaton is having an upsetting experience at school where he should be enjoying his studies and time with his friends.
We do not tolerate bullying and appreciate everybody, no matter what their sexuality, appearance or skin colour is.
Let’s love one another and the world might just be a better place.
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