Kimberly Jones, the mother of bullied-boy-turned-viral-star Keaton Jones, admitted to posting Confederate flag photos on her Facebook page, but said her family wasn’t racist.
Internet sleuths uncovered the photos soon after Keaton Jones’ anti-bullying video went viral, gaining 20 million page views. It inspired a GoFundMe page that was suspended Monday after the backlash over racism accusations against Kimberly Jones.
“I feel like anybody who wants to take the time to ask anybody who I am or even troll through some other pictures, I mean I feel like we’re not racist,” Jones told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “I mean, people that know us, know us.”
She added that a photo of her family posing with a Confederate flag was meant to be “ironic and funny and extreme.”
“I am genuinely truly sorry,” she added.
Keaton Jones’ anti-bullying video led many celebrities to rally around him, including “Captain America” actor Chris Evans, who invited Keaton Jones to next year’s premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War.” But fellow “Avengers” star Don Cheadle questioned Kimberly Jones’ motives.
“Exploiting her son and feeding him garbage and getting his ass beat in the bargain,” Cheadle wrote on Twitter. “Should be criminal.”
Whether Kimberly Jones had actually posted the Confederate flag photos — and a screed that appeared targeted at African-Americans — was a mystery until she admitted to the posts on “GMA.” She cleared her Facebook account and didn’t respond to calls for comment after the backlash began.
Joseph Lam, the New Jersey man behind the GoFundMe account, raised nearly three times his $20,000 target before halting the campaign because of the backlash. He told TheWrap on Monday he hopes to set up a college fund for Keegan Jones.
“I would like to do a college fund for the kid, it’s not the kid’s fault,” he told TheWrap.