Hollywood is taking a stand against bullying.
After the video of Keaton Jones, a middle schooler from Tennessee, has gone viral on social media, plenty of movie actors and actresses have offered support to the bullied young boy.
Celebrities Stand With Keaton Jones
"Stay strong, Keaton," Chris Evans tweeted. "Don't let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better."
The Captain America: Civil War actor is only one of the dozens of celebrities who were touched by Jones' story. A hero not only on the big screen, Evans even invited Keaton to the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles next year.
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
His co-star, Mark Ruffalo, also watched and was inspired by the viral video. The Marvel star promised that the bullies will one day regret their actions, especially when they find out that Keaton will soon meet Mr. Bruce Banner/the Incredible Hulk himself on the red carpet.
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
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown also reacted to the bullied boy's video. Like Keaton, Brown had to endure bullying before becoming an award-winning child star. In an interview in July, the 13-year-old shared her own experience with bullies.
"I was seven when I was bullied by a boy," she recounted. Although Brown eventually recovered from the experience, she has become an ally to fellow victims. She started @milliestopshate, a Twitter account dedicated to spreading love and positivity.
@Lakyn_Jones 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
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
Mark Hamill, who reprises the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi this month, has an advice to Jones: do not mind the haters. The beloved actor explained that bullies are "sad people" who "hate themselves."
Keaton-Don't waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They're sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don't like themselves-They're just jealous because you're so smart & handsomeYour friend-mh https://t.co/SUMw3OoCTm — @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 10, 2017
Zedd, Ryan Seacrest, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlie Puth, Terry Crews, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Snoop Dogg, Orlando Bloom, Eva Longoria, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are only a few of the dozens of celebrities expressing their love and support for Jones and other bullied kids.
Lakyn, Keaton's sister, reported on Twitter that the bullied boy has received all the well-wishes.
The Support is overwhelmingly! He is doing good and loving the awareness his video! #StandWithKeaton
— Lakyn (@Lakyn_Jones) December 10, 2017
11-Year-Old Inspires Anti-Bullying Movement
Last week, Keaton's mom, Kimberly, posted a video of the boy on Facebook. On the caption, she explained that she had to pick up her son from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch. The 11-year-old was called ugly because of the scars left by a tumor operation on his head.
In the video below, a tearful Keaton asked, "Why do they bully?" He mentioned that people make fun of him and call him names for things that he cannot control.