Things That Matter

Celebrities Came Together To Support Bullied Keaton Jones But His Mother’s Views Are Casting A Shadow

Keaton Jones captured the hearts of millions of people over the weekend. The middle schooler from Knoxville, Tennessee, went viral after a video of him brought more attention to bullying in American schools. His heartbreaking, tearful account of the bullying he was facing at school prompted several celebrities to reach out to the boy, offering him support as well as free concert tickets and dates to multiple red carpet movie premieres. The video, originally posted to Facebook by his mother Kimberly Jones, is still making the rounds on social media as more people share the young boy’s story.

Keaton Jones from Tennessee has a message for all the bullies out there.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” Keaton pleads to the camera. “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”

Keaton’s story of being bullied triggered a huge amount of support and love.

He claims he is subject to constant bullying in the form of physical attacks, like having milk poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes.

Some people have let Keaton know that he will be a stronger person after it is all over.

They also have some strong words for those bullies attacking Keaton, calling them ignorant and insecure.

Eva Longoria Baston has been open about her own experience with bullying. When she was younger, Longoria Baston says she was often referred to as the ugly duckling and she believed it to be true. According to an old interview, she describes being the only dark-haired and dark-eyed member of her family. Her sisters all had light hair and light eyes, and she relied on her personality to make it through their teasing.

Chart-topper Cardi B even offered to show up and fight his bullies.

Well, damn…

But, it didn’t take long for Keaton’s mom Kimberly to be outed for her political and social views.

Keaton’s mother has since made her Facebook page private after social media users started to share her photos and statuses that exposed a racist undertone. Among the images captured before she shut down her Facebook was an image of her opposing NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Another image shows children holding a Confederate flag, a Bible, and a handgun.

One user verified the post Kimberly wrote telling people to stop crying if their pain was not physical.

All of the attention from the video led to people commenting on some of her posts. The “Dear butt hurt Americans” post became a major point for people telling Kimberly to look at her own statements if she is going to come out against bullying.

And yet another social media user found proof of Kimberly admitting that the Confederate flag was just laying around her house.

“My favorite thing about it is that all of the ‘supplies’ were readily available for our impromptu photoshoot. #welcometothedirty,” Kimberly wrote about the photo.

Some even began to question whether Kimberly is capitalizing off her son’s trauma to make money.

MMA boxer Joe Schilling describes a conversation he had with Kimberly that lead him to believe that she’s using her son to get more money donated to the GoFundMe account she set up.

When Schilling sent her a message on Facebook to call her out, Kimberly showed her true colors.

Ugh.

The new evidence has caused a discussion about the importance of transparency and practicing what you preach.

Woah.

Well…


READ: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Read This Woman’s Brave Fight Against Bullying

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

Things That Matter

Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

Culture

The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

@xolei3 / Twitter

It is not a lie to say that 2020 has been a year of disappointment and high-stress scenarios. We’ve had to quarantine from a virus, wildfires are destroying a lot of land, and well, everything else going on has just made things worse. Fortunately, on Twitter trend is giving everyone a chance to see that things can get better.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone but one Twitter trend is making life a little better.

We’ve all seen the “How It Started” memes taking over social media in recent weeks. The memes are both funny and inspirational with some showing some amazing glow ups and others showing the crushing reality of everyday life. We have all felt like the man crying over 2020 at some point over the last 7 months. It’s like this year just doesn’t stop.

Relationships are a big part of this meme trend.

Oof. This is painful and so many of us know this to be true. 😭 Sure, we can all blame our relationship woes on the current state of the world. However, that would just be doing a disservice to ourselves and our love lives. Most of us who are single now have been single for a very long time pre-Covid. But, hey, no one knows that you’re lying if you blame Covid.

A few wonderful people highlighted their transition into their true selves.

Stunning. Show-stopping. Magnificent. We love to see it. There is nothing better to see in this world than someone living their authentic truth. Like, go and do your thing. Slay all of the hearts you see, honey, and take no prisoners. We are all better in their world to be surrounded by people living in complete honesty.

The Lil Nas X joined in on the fun and highlighted his own meteoric rise to fame.

The “Old Town Road” singer really did make a big name for himself. Not only did his song get made into a duet and remix with every artist imaginable, he beat Mariah Carey’s record. Lil Nas X went from someone that no one knew to unseating Mariah Carey for longest time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

There are some very clever takes on this meme.

So, like, who else feels like they are being personally attacked by this meme? College might have been years ago but these memories linger. Tequila is just one of those things that so many of use have to learn the hard way and those lessons stick with you.

Simone Biles gave us one of the most memorable glow ups of the meme challenge.

Simone Biles is one of the most legendary women to ever walk this planet. The way she was able to make herself known around the world as the best gymnast is no short feat. She is and will always be one of the best women to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

READ: President Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectants Could Cure COVID-19 And The Memes Are Hilarious

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com