Mom of Bullied Boy Addresses Backlash for Confederate Flag Photos
Within 48 hours, the family of Keaton Jones, the boy whose video about bullying went viral, has experienced praise and now backlash over new posts that have surfaced of his mom, Kimberly.
Keaton’s video received worldwide attention after he described bullies at school pouring milk on him and calling him “ugly.” The video has since been viewed over 22 million times and the family has received an outpour of celebrity support. Among the star mentions, “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown said she wanted to be friends with him and Ricky Martin invited him to visit his show in Las Vegas.
In part of the viral post, Kimberly 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." Now she’s receiving backlash after two photos surfaced of her posing in front of a Confederate flag.
The Tennessee mom sat with CBS to try and clear the air. "The only two photos -- the only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag. It was ironic. It was funny," Kimberly told Mark Strassmann. When asked if the photos had “racist intent” behind them, she shared, "No. No. Absolutely not. I've said I spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist.”
The family reportedly raised $58,000 on a GoFundMe page, which currently has assets on hold. Keaton’s middle school is hosting an anti-bullying assembly next week. The family confirmed to CBS that he won’t be attending school until after the holiday break.
Meanwhile, the conversation has definitely taken a shift on social media. Here are what some celebs are sharing now: