Hearts broke over the weekend for Keaton Jones, a young boy who tearfully shared his message against bullying in a video that quickly went viral. Opening up about the hurtful treatment he received from classmates at school, he said to the camera, “It’s not okay!” Now, he has a pack of famous friends rallying behind him.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 18 million times, a crying Keaton asks his mom why people feel the need to bully others. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault. But if you are made fun of, just don’t let it bother you,” he said in the video, adding these inspiring words of encouragement, “Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard, but it will probably get better one day.”
The Tennessee native’s emotional speech touched the hearts of celebrities like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Millie Bobby Brown, who took to social media to voice their support and stand in solidarity with Keaton’s message. His bravery even scored him an invite to the Avengers premiere, courtesy of Chris Evans.
Mom-of-two Jennifer Lopez was inspired to pen her own anti-bullying message, writing on Instagram: "There is no room in this world for bullying or hate of any kind. And we will overcome it with love... As a parent it is my responsibility to make sure my kids know it is ok to go to an adult when someone is treating them in a way that hurts them or makes them uncomfortable or unhappy in anyway. Also to educate and teach them to treat people with kindness, love and respect no matter how different they may be from you!!”
Here are a few more celebrities that Keaton has in his corner.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
Keaton, will you’ve my guest at the Premiere of #InfinityWar too? I think you are about one of the coolest kids I have ever seen! Can’t wait to meet you in person, pal. Forget those ignorant kids. One day, very soon, they are going to feel pretty stupid for this. https://t.co/BqJLxu25GN— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017
I saw this and it broke my heart... this little boy is suiffering at the hand of bullies like so many other little boys and girls... but you are not alone Keaton we are here. There is no room in this world for bullying or hate of any kind. And we will overcome it with love... As a parent it is my responsibility to make sure my kids know it is ok to go to an adult when someone is treating them in a way that hurts them or makes them uncomfortable or unhappy in anyway. Also to educate and teach them to treat people with kindness, love and respect no matter how different they may be from you!! #loveistheanswer #lovealwayswins #youarenotalone #bulliessuck #teachlove
We hear you #KeatonJones. I was bullied constantly growing up. And could never have put into words what you have. It does get better. And it gets better because of who are and what you know and how you share it with all of us. Thank you for your courage. https://t.co/P4cCQtkAnB— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) December 9, 2017
Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ❤️ https://t.co/LD7Q762bL9— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
Keaton, I'm sorry those kids are being so mean. Unless people like that change they will end up having unhappy lives. I think you're cool!— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 9, 2017
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
You are the MAN #KeatonJones. That video is powerful and correct. Bullying is not okay. ✊— terrycrews (@terrycrews) December 11, 2017
I’m your friend, Keaton Jones. You’re a more intelligent and more compassionate human being than any of the people bullying you. I’m inspired by you and things will get better because you are speaking out. Love and strength to you, dude!— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) December 10, 2017