Athletes, Entertainers Rush to Support Bullied Tennessee Boy

Doug Mendoza
December 11, 2017

If you haven't been near a computer screen today, Keaton is the middle schooler whose tearful question - "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" - just might become a rallying cry of the anti-bullying movement.

Avengers: Infinity War (which we can't wait to see Keaton at the premiere of) will debut on May 4th, 2018. The Knoxville, Tennessee, boy describes having milk poured on him and being called ugly for the head scars left from a tumor operation. "It's hard. But ... it'll probably get better one day". One kid and his mother took to the internet to talk about his bad treatment at the hands of other kids, and ended up finding more support than they could've ever expected. "Just stay strong, I guess", Keaton says, gulping.

Retired race auto driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Twitter he wants Keaton to "add me to your long list of friends", and Snoop Dogg said on Instagram that Keaton "has a friend for life" and that "love is the only way to beat hate". "And I, for sure, don't like that they do it to other people, cause it's not okay!" he says. I've even had friends of mine tell me they're kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. "But if you are made fun of, don't let it bother you". As of Sunday afternoon, the video has accumulated more than 17.5 million views, and has hundreds of thousands of shares, comments and reactions. "It never leaves." - and offered Keaton and his family four tickets to watch the Titans play the Jacksonville Jaguars on New Year's Eve.

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A boy whose mother shared the aftereffects of bullying in a heartbreaking video that has since gone viral has found support from celebrities including Millie Bobby Brown, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and Jaimie Alexander.

"Friends, overwhelmed is the understatement of the world right now", Kimberly Jones wrote on Facebook on Saturday afternoon.

"Little buddy", writes Ruffalo, "I was bullied when I was a kid".

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