By Annie Reuter
An emotional video of a young boy talking about the pain of being bullied has gone viral and many artists including Rihanna, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg and Cardi B are standing up for him.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton Jones, a Tennessee native, asked in the video. “What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay.”
He explained that kids make fun of his nose and during lunch they pour milk on him and throw food at him. The video was shot by Jones’ mother after she picked him up from school when he told her he was afraid to go to lunch.
After viewing the clip on social media, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Hailee Steinfeld, and others provided words of encouragement to Jones.
“#KeatonJones Hero!!! Thank you young KING for inspiring us all who have been in your shoes at any capacity!” wrote Rihanna on social media. “If you have, or currently are going through any form of bullying, my heart and my prayers go out to you! Bullies…y’all corny!”
“This broke my 💔today. Please be kind to one another,” Katy Perry wrote in a caption for Jones’ video.
“Say lil Man U gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate,” commented Snoop Dogg.
Zedd and Cole Swindell offered tickets to their concerts while Hailee Steinfeld invited Jones to be her guest at the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere.
See the best artists reactions below:
Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 10, 2017
buddy next time I make it home to Knox I'm going to walk into that lunchroom with you and watch the bullies say the… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) December 10, 2017
I’m so Sad and angry like I’m OD hot 😡😪Please teach your kids not to be bullies .Teach them how to be tough 👊🏽but not too pick on others—
(@iamcardib) December 10, 2017
Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) December 10, 2017
Stay strong Keaton. Takes a lot of courage to send such an honest message like this to the world. For anyone being… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) December 11, 2017
Hey Keaton Jones, I’d like to invite you to be my guest at any show of mine of your choice. I’ll cover ur flights a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
(@Zedd) December 11, 2017
Enrique Iglesias (@enriqueiglesias) December 10, 2017
I can’t imagine if someone did his to our son. Watching this video is heartbreaking. The kids that bully like this learn it from somewhere and more importantly aren’t learning basic life lessons at home on how to treat others. I can’t imagine what my parents would’ve done if I was ever on the giving end of something like this. Keaton is such a brave kid to record and post this. God bless you buddy and your right it will get better one day. It already has.