Nothing has seemed more symbolic of this entire ridiculous year than the saga of Keaton. Keaton was a bullied child whose mother released a viral video of him crying on his way from school, heartbroken that the kids there bully him regularly for how he looks. Celebrities reached out, offering to shower Keaton with gifts — tickets to the Avengers premiere from Chris Evans for one— and a GoFundMe in his name raised tens of thousands of dollars. Then the backlash began, folks. Incredibly racist posts from Keaton’s mother — showcasing the Confederate flag, were discovered, and rumors that racism may have been the reason behind the bullying in the first place, were hinted at. Quickly the internet attempted to comprehend this nuanced situation. Here to discuss it are our hosts — Shira Lazar, Ryan Mitchell and musician McKenzie Sol, here to promote his new single “Laugh”.
McKenzie Sol is a great musician, but does he have the ability to untangle this complex situation. Here’s what we can agree on: bullying is bad. Racism? Also bad, and this family is clearly racist. So, it’s awful the kid got bullied, says Ryan, but also the backstory makes it sounds a little weirder than it was. Shira and Ryan then wonder if it is a scam, and Ryan makes some good points. Watch, and tell us if you agree, with the arguments above.