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Desus and Mero Break Down the Keaton Jones Saga

The VICELAND hosts talk about the bullied kid's sharp rise and fall from fame.

by Sarah Bellman
Dec 13 2017, 4:30pm

If you haven't heard the story of Keaton Jones yet, here's his deal: Keaton, a young boy from Tennessee, broke down in his mom's car one day reliving the things some bullies had put him through at school. His mom then decided to record it and subsequently share the footage online. Soon the instantly viral video caught the attention of major celebrities, including JR Smith, LeBron James, Jemele Hill, and even a sandwich-eating Justin Bieber.

Things were looking up for Keaton, but like so many others that tumble into the spotlight, this feel-good story quickly took a darker turn. We soon found out that his mom posted two different photos of her and her family grinning with the Confederate flag, leading many to believe that she's actually a racist bigot.

On Tuesday's episode of Desus & Mero, the hosts walk through the story's many twists and turns, from the family's lukewarm apology to Keaton's uncanny resemblance to a certain football star.

You can watch last night’s Desus & Mero for free online now, and be sure to catch new episodes weeknights at 11 PM on VICELAND.

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