Celebs Withdraw Support for Keaton Jones As Mother Addresses Racism Accusations

"The only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag…"

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Kimberly Jones addressed her controversy on morning television. (“CBS This Morning” screenshot)

As the fallout over Keaton Jones’ mother continues, celebrities have pulled their support for the bullied boy. And now, his mother is speaking out on accusations of racism.

Keaton, 11, went viral over the weekend for tearfully explaining how bullies have tormented him. He garnered big-name support from Cardi B and LeBron James among others. But that support has dwindled since Confederate flag photos from Kimberly Jones’ Facebook page surfaced.

Today, Rihanna and Chris Brown have pulled their messages of support for Keaton from their social media pages.

Rihanna replaced her post with one about two young girls who recently died of suicide because of bullying.

And Brown called out Jones’ Confederate flag imagery.

Twitter users have chimed in about the 180.

They have also called on other celebs to pull away from Keaton.

One person didn’t think that was realistic, however.

And while other celebs like Snoop Dogg and Cleveland Cavaliers star JR Smith have not deleted their messages, the two GoFundMe pages launched to assist Keaton have been deleted, according to USA Today, or put on hold. The latter, called “Stand up for Keaton,” was launched by New Jersey resident Joseph Lam on behalf of Jones. It had raised nearly $57,000 in three days.


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As a result of the backlash, Jones appeared on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday, Dec. 11 to address the criticism.

“The only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag,” Jones says of the photos, which many have deemed her racist for. “It was ironic, it was funny.”

When asked if there was any racist intent behind them, Jones remained firm.

“No, no, absolutely not,” she says. “I’ve spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn’t racist.”

Online, several continued to criticize Jones.

Keaton told the morning news program it was his idea to make the clip and that he did not tell Horace Maynard Middle School administrators that he was being bulled because “I was afraid that [bullies] would for sure attack.”

Principal Greg Clay confirmed to USA Today he did not know about Keaton being continuously bullied and said the milk pouring-incident Keaton described in the video had been resolved weeks ago.

“It’s not as rampant as the video would have you believe,” Clay said. “I can’t tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children.”

The school board said, “We do not and will not tolerate bullying and have a policy in place that addresses conduct taking place on school grounds.”

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