Keaton Jones is a student in a Tennessee school, who became a viral video sensation when his mother posted a video of him on Facebook, tearfully trying to understand the motivation behind the kids who bully him at school.
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” the boy says in the heart-wrenching video, which has already been viewed more than 17 million times.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” he asked. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
He added: “I don’t like that they do it to me. And I, for sure, don’t like that they do it to other people, cause it’s not OK! People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”
The boy’s video has earned him the support of numerous celebrities, ranging from Canadian superstar Justin Bieber and actress Hailee Steinfeld, to singer Ricky Martin.
Bieber explained in a clip shared on Instagram, “The fact that he still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is. This kid is all-time, he’s a legend, go check him out.”
Hailee Steinfeld also shared a message to the “amazing” youngster, even asking him as her date to the “Pitch Perfect 3” premiere on Tuesday.
“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, Mark Ruffalo (“Avengers”), rapper Cardi B and many, many more also voiced their opinions on the tear-jerking clip.
Check out the messages that Keaton Jones has been receiving via social media from his famous new friends — including an invitation to the “Avengers: Infinity War” premiere, courtesy of Captain America himself, Chris Evans: