*Rev. Al Sharpton was asked to comment on the mass celebrity support for bullied Tennessee boy Keaton Jones now that his mother’s embrace of the confederate flag and views on race have been exposed. She is also alleged to have used her son to solicit donations to her GoFundMe account, which has now been frozen amid all the controversy.
TMZ caught Sharpton outside NBC Studios in New York. His view is that the celebs who offered support, trips and gifts to Keaton and his mom should also demand that Keaton teach his mother, Kimberly Jones, about exercising compassion in other areas of her life.
The way Sharpton sees it, Kimberly wants the world to show her 11-year-old son sympathy for dealing with school bullies — even though her confederate flag pics show support for slavery … or as he puts it, “institutional state bullying.”
To be clear, the civil rights leader isn’t calling for celebs and non-celebs to abandon Keaton — but he IS saying Keaton’s mother needs to learn a lesson as much as the kids who bullied her son do.