Don Cheadle Joins Criticisms of Keaton Jones’ Mother After Racism Accusations

Cheadle’s fellow “Avengers” star, Chris Evans, invited bullied boy to premiere

Last Updated: December 12, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

There are diverse opinions among the “Avengers” stars about bullied-boy-turned-viral-video-star Keaton Jones: Though Chris Evans has invited the boy to the premiere of the next “Avengers” film, Don Cheadle has questions about his mother, Kimberly Jones.

Cheadle is alarmed by accusations — not yet proven — that the mother posted images on Facebook of Confederate flags and wrote a screed that seemed to target African-Americans. It’s unclear whether she actually posted them because she has cleared her Facebook page and not responded to requests for comment.

Cheadle and many others have also questioned Kimberly Jones’ decision to post video of Keaton pleading for an end to bullying. The video has been viewed more than 20 million times.

“Exploiting her son and feeding him garbage and getting his ass beat in the bargain,” Cheadle wrote on Twitter. “Should be criminal.”

Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was among many celebrities who reached out to Keaton Jones after the video went viral, inviting him to the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War” next year.

Cheadle said the racism accusations against Kimberly Jones called Keaton Jones’ story into question, saying it was “suspect now.” And he highlighted the cases of African-American children who have suffered bullying.

In response, another “Avengers” star, Mark Ruffalo, invited a bullied African-American boy to attend the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War” with him and Cheadle. He later apologized to Cheadle for not conferring with him first.

A New Jersey man who started a GoFundMe account to raise money for Keaton Jones, Joseph Lam, told TheWrap on Monday he was suspending the fundraising until he can sort out the situation.

The fund has collected nearly three times the $20,000 he set out to raise.

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