On Monday, massive confusion broke out on the internet over just how racist the mom of viral bullying victim, Keaton Jones, had been on social media.
On Tuesday, Kimberly Jones joined her son on CBS This Morning and Good Morning America so she could admit to certain mistakes, apologize for her actions, and deny that she's a racist...
...all while the undeniably impressive Keaton Jones stayed on his anti-bullying message.
On CBS This Morning, Kimberly Jones admitted to the legitimacy of two photos of her family and the Confederate flag.
"The only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag," explained Jones. "It was ironic. It was funny."
"It didn't have anything to do with racist intent?" clarified her interrogator.
"No. No. Absolutely not. I've said I've spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist."
On GMA, she reiterated her confession on the photos and denials on the racism:
"We're not racist. People who know us know that," said Jones.
"It was meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. I am genuinely, truly sorry. If I could take it back I would."
Keaton's older sister had already attempted to clarify some of the rumors herself, on Twitter. Via the Root:
GMA host T.J. Holmes added some more context, saying that Kimberly Jones explained, in his words, "Hey, we're in the South. This is Tennessee. There are Confederate flags all over the place... I set that up, it was something that was taken for a friend and it wasn't meant the way people are taking it."
"But it sets up a moral dilemma," concluded Holmes: "Does it disqualify him from our sympathy if you believe the worst about the mother?"
You know who had an answer to that? Surprise! Kimberly Jones, in the same clip—
"They want to hate me and whatever, that's fine. But still talk to your kids. Talk to your kids. Because this is an epidemic."