The story of Keaton Jones is taking an upswing. Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry have all seen his story and have offered him seats to concerts. Movie stars have invited him as a guest to premieres. And sports stars have reached out to lend support. I hope Keaton can successfully leverage this moment to his advantage and have his peers see him differently and give him the chance he absolutely deserves.
If Keaton somehow sees this, which is implausible now that his dance card is full, I want to say that in no way was my response to his story a pity response, and I doubt the celebrities are doing it for that reason either.
This Keaton kid was so thoughtful, smart and strong in how he was taking the long view of his current station in life, I was impressed, and not at all filled with sympathy. It was more like I was witnessing an injustice. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with this kid? We’ve seen similar videos, but none penetrated the apathy fabric that insulates us from action like this guy, and not because he was a tragic figure, it was because he was such a sensitive communicator.