It’s an internet epic for the books.
A video of a Tennessee boy appointed Keaton Jones describing the browbeat he faces at school went viral last week, seducing millions and attracting luminary attention. But as more details–some undeniably true, some murkier–about Jones and his family surfaced, the legend became a divisive one.
Now, some are calling the story a “milkshake duck”–the internet’s own way of disinheriting person( or something) as rapidly as it flourished affixed. Is Jones’ mom an unapologetic racist? Did we all get scammed? What does this mean for how we deem bullies? Here’s what we know.
The original video, which is no longer viewable due to privacy settings, proved Jones in a vehicle, choking back rips as he clarified being humbled by his bullies.
This is Keaton Jones. He is amazing. I hope those who bullied him get what’s coming to them. And soon. pic.twitter.com/ qgRObI0rto
— Jamie O’Grady (@ JamieOGrady) December 9, 2017
“Why do you find joyfulnes in obliging innocent people, and finding a way to be mean to them, ” Jones says in the video. “They make fun of my snout, they announce me ugly, they say I have no friends.”
The video was posted to the Facebook of Kimberly Jones, who wrote in the post she was Keaton’s mom and that she picked her son up from school because he was scared of going to lunch.
The video rapidly spread across the internet, and celebrities from Chris Evans( who invited Jones to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere) to Snoop Dogg contacted out to Jones to testify their aid. Athletics chassis from football players to UFC president Dana White, who offered to bringing Keaton to the UFC headquarters, rallied behind Jones.
As the video gained momentum, beings looked into Kimberly Jones’ Facebook past, knowing photographs of her posing with a Confederate flag. Another photo showed Keaton Jones bracing an American pennant next to another young boy containing a Confederate flag.
“If you aren’t bleeding , no bones are sticking out and you can breathe, STOP Crying! ” Jones apparently wrote in the berth. “For the love, some kinfolks clearly never picked a switching. And before y’all start talking to me about figurative, emotional, financial or historic blood and brokenness, Don’t.”
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I detect sympathetic towards that child.
But his momma, Kimberly on the other hand, is a suspected racist who obliges very problematic uprights bullying Black demonstrators #TheIrony pic.twitter.com/ NUhidunP8z
— Tariq Nasheed (@ tariqnasheed) December 11, 2017
Jones’ daughter Lakyn apparently wrote in a now-deleted Twitter post that her mommy “is not in regardless a racist. I can assure you of that. She is just a strong southern woman.”
Many pointed out the paradox that pitch-black athletes were among the first to show is supportive of Keaton Jones.
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel likable towards that child.
But his mama, Kimberly on the other hand, is a suspected prejudiced who forms very problematic berths bullying Black protesters #TheIrony pic.twitter.com/ NUhidunP8z
— Tariq Nasheed (@ tariqnasheed) December 11, 2017
Some fames who had originally supported Keaton Jones said he wasn’t held accountable for his mother’s prejudiced activities.
This is in response to my provide Saturday night regarding #keatonjones #bullying which touched a society and in a fit of delight the world was good. If what I’m hearing about his mother’s #racism is true-shame on you #KimberlyJones I’m still #KeatonStrong but #racism isn’t on pic.twitter.com/ eFj2AmK 0Rp
— TheRealNickStevenson (@ nickstevenson1 1) December 11, 2017
Jemele Hill, who invited Jones to visit her at ESPN, wrote Monday, “I’ve find her positions and if genuine, I’d say there’s potential for a great, teachable instant here. My render for Keaton to visit ESPN stands, because what happened to him was inhuman. That said, this is a striking instance of selective empathy.”
Some Twitter customers speculated that Jones was bullied for using the N-word, but in so far there is no evidence to support such allegations.
lol that boy keaton was out here saying nigger wow he joanne scammed yall
— Introducing…The Coziest boy ever..CozyBoy Meech (@ meechonmars) December 11, 2017
MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted a screengrab on Dec. 11 of an Instagram conversation that was supposedly with Kimberly Jones, who said, “What happened to us whites depositing together and facilitating one of another against the predator? ”
Schilling posted an Instagram video saying Jones was “just guiding a fund scam.” But the detail he thought was Jones is reportedly a fake.
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Jones’ daughter tweeted, “That is not my mommas instagrram( sic ). Her’s is private and she hasn’t been posting anything.”
The Instagram page, who is currently removed, was linked to a Paypal account and a GoFundMe campaign, but it’s not clear how much fund was donated to the sheet operator, Heavy.com reported.
Another GoFundMe page set up by Joseph Lam on Saturday heightened more than $60,000 before he froze the campaign.
“THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM !! ” Lam wrote Monday in an update. “However extending judgement on her before you know her is a form of browbeat. Condemnation before evaluation is the ultimate pattern of knowledge. I can’t even say for sure that any of whats being said is true. I don’t know the family personally and never claimed to have known them.”
Lam, who is from New Jersey, has no evident connection to Kimberly and Keaton Jones.
Kimberly Jones’ daughter Lakyn were allegedly been the only family member to make any statements, writing a series of tweets responding to critics of her family and thanking supporters.
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Celebrities and jocks have reached out to Lakyn Jones with supportive, anti-bullying words for Keaton.
— Bernard Blake (@ BamBam_Blake2 3) December 10, 2017
— Millie Bobby Brown (@ milliebbrown) December 10, 2017
— Hailee Steinfeld (@ HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
Regardless of whether people are on board with substantiating Keaton Jones, the video and the chain reaction following have inspired gossips about bullying in general–perhaps inviting a reckon of yet another difficulty our country faces.
What y’all used to get bullied for?
— momo (@ momodamermaid) December 11, 2017
Update 9:54 am CT, Dec. 12 : Jones’ baby appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday to defend herself and her son. “I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other videos, I entail I feel like we’re not racist, ” Jones said. “I mean, beings that know us, know that.”
She admitted the Confederate flag photos were real, but that she didn’t mean any harm by them. “It was meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. I am genuinely, truly sorry ,” she said.” If I could take it back, I would. If they want to dislike me and whatever that’s fine, but still talk to your minors. Because is an epidemic.”