- Last week 9-year-old Quaden Bayles went viral after his mother Yarraka Bayles uploaded a video of crying and saying he was suicidal
- Bayles has a rare form of dwarfism called achondroplasia and has gone viral in the past for a video when he was four
- A screenshot of a Facebook post went viral accusing Quaden of being an 18-year-old actor and scam artist
- A Go Fund Me started by comedian Brad Williams has raised over $440,000 to send Quaden to Disneyland
- Williams confirmed only a small percentage of the money will go to the Disneyland trip and the rest will go to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities
In the last few days, 9-year-old Quaden Bayles has gone from a bullied child with a rare form of dwarfism called achondroplasia to an 18-year-old scam artist actor on social media.
Quaden Bayles Viral Video
It all started after his mother Yarraka Bayles uploaded a video to social media where Quaden was seen crying and talking about suicide due to bullying from other children.
The video went viral and soon Quaden was receiving attention and support from around the world. Even celebrities began showing support. Actor Hugh Jackman was one of several celebrities that made a video message to Quaden.
Go Fund Me For Disneyland
The video also caught the attention of American comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism. Williams started a Go Fund Me for Quaden titled “Let’s send a wonderful kid to Disneyland!” In just over two days the campaign has raised over $440,000.
Some began getting suspicious of the Go Fund Me account and how the money would be spent. Williams addressed this on his Twitter, stating “Money donated will not be wasted! We have a team of people making sure everything is completely legitimate.” Williams has said some of the money will go towards the trip to Disneyland while the rest will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.
The love you have shown is unbelievable. Thank you! Money donated will not be wasted! We have a team of people making sure everything is completely legitimate. We thank you for your generosity and patience while we make sure all this is done the right way.— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 21, 2020
Jasmein Dowe Claims Quaden Is 18
On Friday, social media users pushed a theory that the entire story was a huge scam after a rumor claimed that Quaden was actually an 18-year-old actor. The hoax appears to have begun with a Facebook post belonging to “Jasmein Dowe.” A screenshot of Dowe’s Facebook post was tweeted out by “@shanohni,” but Dowe’s account appears to have been disabled. From there it was a downward spiral of accusations.
Dowe’s post included three images from Quaden’s now disabled Instagram. One of the pictures shows Quaden wearing Gucci. Another picture shows the number 18 and for his 18th birthday party. In reality, it was his cousin’s 18th birthday. Things only got worse once people discovered that Quaden has an acting profile on starnow.
Social media users took the claim and ran with it. Facebook and Twitter began accusing the child that just days before was a victim as being an adult scam artist. A video from the YouTube channel “ErbyGames” titled “Quaden Bayles Bullied Dwarf is really actor tricking you into giving him money” alone has received over 400,000 views. The video is one of many that accuses Quaden of being an 18-year-old scam artist.
There is more than enough evidence online to prove Quaden is only 9-years-old. A photo album on Bayles’ now disabled Facebook titled “Birthday Boy” shows Quaden’s first birthday. The pictures were posted in 2011. In 2017, Bayles posted another album titled “Quaden’s 7th Birthday.” Those pictures were posted in 2017. The New York Post also posted two images showing Quaden in 2011 and 2012.
A History In Media
Another problem with the rumor of Quaden being an adult is his history of media attention throughout his childhood. On April 15, 2015, the YouTube channel “Studio 10” uploaded a video titled “Standing Tall For Dwarfism: Quaden Bayles.” In the video, 4-year-old Quaden is seen telling people to not look at him inside a store.
On April 28, 2015, the YouTube channel “SBSLivingBlack“ uploaded a video titled “Living Black S2015 Ep4 – Quaden Bayles.” The 25-minute video is a documentary of Quaden’s life.
In 2016, TODAY did an article on Quaden titled “New dog helps 5-year-old boy with dwarfism stand tall to bullies.” In the article, Bayles claims they were not able to mention dwarfism before bringing home Buddy the Shih Tzu rescue dog. “Quaden now proudly accepts that he’s got dwarfism, because Buddy’s given him that reason to think that it’s cool,” Bayles said.
On March 28, 2017, the YouTube channel “face Exhibition” uploaded a video titled “Quaden Bayles “Belonging and acceptance.” In the short video, Bayles says they love to raise awareness for Quaden’s condition.
One can for sure argue that some of the moments recorded and shared online may have been too intimate to be uploaded. On the other hand, one can argue that you cannot bring true awareness without showing those most heartbreaking and intimate moments.
Some claim pictures from Quaden’s Instagram of him wearing Gucci and a video of him flashing money is evidence the child is not being bullied or battling with depression and suicidal tendencies. A completely unfounded accusation as depression and suicide are not avoided by expensive clothes and money.
A screenshot on social media claims Quaden has a “bad attitude” and that he and Bayles are “well known throughout the school, not for good reasons.” The comment claims Quaden constantly teases other kids then “cries when the kids give it back to him.” The screenshot should be taken with a grain of salt, as it was a random claim on social media that caused this confusion to begin with.