Why Rihanna Deleted Her Instagram Post That Supported Bullying Victim Keaton Jones

Ri Ri even replaced the post with support for other victims of bullying.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

From Chris Evans to Justin Bieber, several celebrities came out to support Keaton Jones, the kid who shared his viral story of being bullied, with well wishes and offers to invite him to meet them. But after reports surfaced that Jones' mother posted racially-charged content on Facebook — including photos of the family next to a Confederate flag — some stars are rescinding their support. As The Daily Beast shared, Rihanna removed her post for Keaton and replaced it with other victims.

Rihanna shared a post highlighting the news of 13-year-old Rosalie Avila and 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis, who both committed suicide due to bullying.

"Just heartbreaking!!!!! We're losing our babies to bullying!!! Teach your kids love and equality. Teach them about the beauty in uniqueness and how to embrace others' differences! I can't imagine what the families of these 2 young girls are feeling right now! But my heart breaks for you!!" she posted.

As BuzzFeed News shared, the video of Keaton (which was posted by his mother) was removed following the allegations of her racism.

“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” he said in the video. “Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? 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 OK. … People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault.”

The outpouring of celebrity support has been criticized by some who felt that Jones' story received more attention than similar instances involving children of color.

A GoFundMe account in support of the 11-year-old student was also removed.

[Photo: Getty Images, Facebook]

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