UPDATE 6:55 P.M. EST: The conversation with Joe Schilling is apparently NOT with the real Kimberly Jones. Learn more HERE!
The Tennessee middle schooler who broke millions of people’s hearts after his heartbreaking video about bullying went viral is now at the center of a racism controversy.
As we previously reported, A-listers — including Rihanna, Chris Evans, Millie Bobby Brown, etc. — flocked to Twitter and Instagram to voice their support for Keaton Jones after his mother uploaded a vid where the young student was in tears over the bullying he’s faced by his peers at school.
Per the video, Jones’ classmates have allegedly been making fun of his nose, called him ugly, and have accused him of having no friends. At one point, Keaton’s fellow middle schoolers “put milk on [him] and put ham down [his] clothes, [an threw] bread on [him].” How awful.
Understandably, many were moved upon learning of Keaton’s plight. However, as more information surfaced about the youngster’s family, fewer people have become sympathetic to Jones’ situation. Why?? Well, apparently, Keaton’s mother Kimberly Jones appears to have far right leaning political beliefs.
Don’t believe us?? Please take a look at the evidence of her alleged social media writings (below).
Keaton Jones MOM is a next level racist who’s posted in many offensive and non remorseful comments towards black people, so how is she preaching about bullying when she herself is a bully ├░┼╕┬ñΓÇ¥├░┼╕┬ñΓÇ¥├░┼╕┬ñΓÇ¥ lmao people are funny pic.twitter.com/bTnF7BFDGr
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As you surely know, the confederate flag is widely regarded today as a symbol of historical racism, pain, and suffering.
MMA fighter Joe Schilling also posted a conversation with an Instagram user claiming to be the mother, which quickly became viral (below):
While the evidence (above) has not been officially verified, it has sparked quite a bit of attention online (btw, we’re not okay with Schillings’ purported use of that derogatory term, either). Not to mention, Jones has since shut down her Facebook account as of Monday morning.
Unsurprisingly, in light of these damning posts, many online have asked celebrities to withdraw their support of Keaton. Patton Oswalt has recently faced off with one of the critics and noted:
Keaton didn├óΓé¼Γäót get to choose the family that raised & shaped him, you smug ghoul. How ├óΓé¼╦£bout showing him that people of all races & creeds can come together? Change things, maybe? Show him a better world? https://t.co/BZqBEboabL
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 11, 2017
Hmmm, interesting point. Something else that’s sweeping the Internet — Keaton himself has supposedly addressed the controversy as, in an unverified post online, a user claiming to be the middle schooler wrote:
I hope you all can forgive her she is a good person we make all make mistakes #keatonjones #kimberlyjones #keatonA post shared by love you all (@keatonjones11) on Dec 11, 2017 at 5:50am PST
Huh. We hope this apology is one) legit and two) not a PR attempt to combat the rumors that Keaton himself was being racist at school, hence, the bullying (though to be clear — bullying and violence are never the solution).
While this report has yet to be confirmed, one Twitter user shared:
Separate from condemnation, it is an interesting thought experiment. There are stories of Keaton was being racist at school, thus the beatdown. An argument could be made that we’re looking at and empathizing with the after-effects of a Punched Nazi.
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Oh, and Keaton’s principal Greg Clay told one local paper that the bullying Jones claimed he suffered was “not as rampant as the video would have you believe.” Clay relayed:
“I can’t tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children.”
Drama, drama, dramaaaa. Regardless, Keaton is certainly enjoying this celebrity attention, as one insider told People:
“Keaton is thrilled to hear from everyone. It really means a lot to him.”
Be sure to stay tuned as we’re certain there’s more to learn about this situation!!