Sometimes, Twitter is a good place. It's not every day that a bullied kid shares his raw emotions about what it's like to be picked on, and his video goes mega-viral, resulting in hundreds of heartfelt messages from the biggest celebrities on the planet (including several of the Avengers). But that's what happened when Keaton Jones from Tennessee posted his message.
Of course, like all viral stories, it doesn't end there. The more we learn, the more complicated the saga becomes.
Keaton Jones' mother Kimberly shared a video of an emotional Keaton discussing the various awful ways he's been bullied at school.
This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying. https://t.co/coyQxFp33V— OutKick Bets (@OutKick Bets)1512852839.0
Keaton's video immediately went viral, and celebrities from all over took to Twitter to show their support for Keaton.
Titans tight end @delaniewalker82 has a message for Keaton 😊 https://t.co/aWWBPd1HUs— OutKick Bets (@OutKick Bets)1512857074.0
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Stranger Things, is no stranger to facing harsh criticism from people who don't know her.She let Keaton know she empathizes with him and relates to what he's going through. It's not easy being a kid at all, and when you're massively famous like Brown is, there's that added layer of exposure and pressure.
The #StandWithKeaton hashtag took off, and celebs like Demi Lovato reached out to Keaton.
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so m… https://t.co/mvyDL0jVCr— Demi Lovato (@Demi Lovato)1512954528.0
Keaton's sister Lakyn started fielding messages because the response was so huge.
Hi @Lakyn_Jones, could you pass this message along to Keaton? ❤ https://t.co/3l8P4fKAqW— Hailee Steinfeld (@Hailee Steinfeld)1512944766.0
Comedian and filmmaker Kumail Nanjiani's message to Keaton? It gets better.Keaton has already demonstrated such strength and resilience in dealing with his bullies, and while it may seem like the abuse will never end, Nanjiani wants him to know that it does get better.
Boyhood actor Patricia Arquette offered her sympathy for Keaton along with a couple words of wisdom.
@JamieOGrady @Lakyn_Jones Keaton, I'm sorry those kids are being so mean. Unless people like that change they will… https://t.co/gbltqH5nYJ— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette)1512860600.0
Keaton's message spread so far and wide that it was time for the Avengers to get involved.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school… https://t.co/Q9xozT7NWQ— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1512942721.0
The Hulk wasn't going to let Captain America take this one by himself.
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I h… https://t.co/rj9ZeTLGR5— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1512956161.0
Snoop himself posted a message of love and support for Keaton.
Ricky Martin shared Keaton's video along with a reposted message from UFC fighter Dana White.
Even comedian Rob Delaney posted a humorous message to Keaton.
OK I’ve learned the boy’s name is Keaton. Keaton, I want to adopt you. Chris Evans & Mark Ruffalo are just using yo… https://t.co/ucutI1s3ix— Rob Delaney (@Rob Delaney)1512994480.0
Things got a little strange when Fox News host Sean Hannity reposted Keaton's story.Hannity claimed that with the name of the school, the principal, and the school board members, he could "make the calls" and "fix this." We don't know what he thought he was going to do... But he also offered to fly Keaton and his parents to New York to be his guest and to visit Fox News.
And it turns out, Keaton's mom might actually like that very much. Turns out Kimberly Jones posts the Confederate flag all over her Facebook.
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel sympathetic towards that… https://t.co/Byu7Qfm9do— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸)1512981815.0
ESPN host Jemele Hill, who'd offered to host Keaton at ESPN, had the classiest of responses to the news about his mom:
I’ve seen her posts and if true, I’d say there’s potential for a great, teachable moment here. My offer for Keaton… https://t.co/PkjF050nNP— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1513000393.0