Confirming his status as the superhero with the biggest heart, Chris Evans reached out over Twitter to Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose tale of being bullied went viral after his mother shared it online. Evans (inset), the Sudbury native who plays Captain America in “The Avengers” movies, had a special offer for young Keaton, inviting him to the “Avengers: Infinity War” premiere next year in Los Angeles.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don?t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
Keaton’s sister responded, saying her brother would love to go, and Evans said he was “on it.”
Evans is one of several celebrities who’ve had words of support for the 11-year-old boy after seeing his heartbreaking story online. Others include Chris Brown, Will Poulter, Billy Baldwin, Scooter Braun, and Patricia Arquette.
But later Monday, photos surfaced of Jones’s mother, Kimberly, displaying the Confederate flag. The pictures, allegedly from Kimberly Jones’s now-disabled Facebook page, showed family members holding the Confederate flag. Another bizarre and strongly worded post from her in August just confused the matter further.
That prompted an apparent apology from Keaton on Instagram, but it was deleted after questions were raised about its authenticity. Hollywood still appeared to be supporting him, however. Stay tuned.