Repeating a Twitter action is the hallmark of any consistent online brand, but it’s also the sign of an actor that cares deeply about a cause. That’s the takeaway from Mark Ruffalo’s account anyways (and a run of Marvel comic covers), as he reached out to bullying victim Nyeeam Hudson on Monday to invite him to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere.
The the 11-year old Hudson is not some unpracticed schoolboy, but an author and motivational speaker who, according to CBR, has already guested “on shows like Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots and Good Morning America.”
This would make Hudson the second child invited to the premiere by an Avenger, after Keaton Jones had his video go viral and reach the likes of Chris Evans. Jones’ family came under scrutiny shortly after his invitation, which shut down an associated GoFundMe campaign.
Whether similar scrutiny will follow Hudson remains to be seen, though his multi-year career as a professional speaker seems to add a bit of disingenuousness to the charitable intentions of Ruffalo and crew.
Regardless, it seems Don Cheadle is at least a bit wary of throwing his hat into any rings after the Jones controversy, as a clarifying tweet came from Ruffalo noting that he “dragged [Cheadle] on without conferring with him.” At this rate, May 4’s premiere may be filled with anti-bullying, social media-savvy kids.