(Image source: Washinngton Times )

BY ALLYSON BROWN

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 



Since the debut of KONY 2012 a week ago, the viral-video sensation has been viewed more than 80 million times. A lot of attention in such a short time — and that may be the cause of a public meltdown for the video’s creator.

TMZ has this video that allegedly shows Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell near a busy intersection, naked and repeatedly striking the sidewalk.

Russell was detained Thursday morning by police. Invisible Children CEO Ben Kessey released this statement ...

“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday.”

According to the LA Times Blog, San Diego Police took Russell into custody for his own safety.   

“ … callers [who] reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating. Police also say the neighbors tried to intervene.”

Various media reported Russell might have been under the influence of some kind of substance. But his wife says that’s not true. The KONY 2012 video has drawn criticism about Invisible Children’s methods and finances since its release, and Russell’s family says that took a toll.

"We thought a few thousand people would see the film … While that attention was great for raising awareness ... it also brought a lot of attention to Jason -- and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard.”’

A blogger for Chicago Now criticizes the critics themselves...

“Since when is mental illness funny? People are so rude! I hate to be a buzz kill, but a guy doing erratic, naked speed-yoga on a sidewalk while cops try to contain him is sad no matter who it is. I don't care if you like his KONY 2012 video … Jason Russell's psychotic break is not entertainment.”

And what’s next for Invisible Children? A Reason blogger wonders about the effectiveness of the group’s message after this incident.

“It raises the question of how an obscure-to-most-Americans political issue will play after its most prominent spokesman has flamed out.”

There are no criminal charges pending against Russell because he is currently being evaluated at a mental facility.

 

 

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Mar 17, 2012

Jason Russell Wasn't On Drugs, Wife Says

 

(Image source: Washinngton Times )

BY ALLYSON BROWN

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 



Since the debut of KONY 2012 a week ago, the viral-video sensation has been viewed more than 80 million times. A lot of attention in such a short time — and that may be the cause of a public meltdown for the video’s creator.

TMZ has this video that allegedly shows Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell near a busy intersection, naked and repeatedly striking the sidewalk.

Russell was detained Thursday morning by police. Invisible Children CEO Ben Kessey released this statement ...

“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday.”

According to the LA Times Blog, San Diego Police took Russell into custody for his own safety.   

“ … callers [who] reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating. Police also say the neighbors tried to intervene.”

Various media reported Russell might have been under the influence of some kind of substance. But his wife says that’s not true. The KONY 2012 video has drawn criticism about Invisible Children’s methods and finances since its release, and Russell’s family says that took a toll.

"We thought a few thousand people would see the film … While that attention was great for raising awareness ... it also brought a lot of attention to Jason -- and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard.”’

A blogger for Chicago Now criticizes the critics themselves...

“Since when is mental illness funny? People are so rude! I hate to be a buzz kill, but a guy doing erratic, naked speed-yoga on a sidewalk while cops try to contain him is sad no matter who it is. I don't care if you like his KONY 2012 video … Jason Russell's psychotic break is not entertainment.”

And what’s next for Invisible Children? A Reason blogger wonders about the effectiveness of the group’s message after this incident.

“It raises the question of how an obscure-to-most-Americans political issue will play after its most prominent spokesman has flamed out.”

There are no criminal charges pending against Russell because he is currently being evaluated at a mental facility.

 

 

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