KONY 2012 Filmmaker Jason Russell's Naked Meltdown Could Kill Invisible Children (VIDEO)

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Jason RussellKONY 2012 may have been the fastest growing grassroots campaign in history. But if there's a price for fame, and filmmaker Jason Russell is paying big time. The guy behind the wildly successful Invisible Children campaign was caught -- naked -- on video in a full public meltdown in San Diego yesterday that required police to cart him off to a mental facility.

Police told TMZ they have Russell on a 5150 psychiatric hold to decide if the allegations from neighbors that he was naked, pounding his fists on the pavement, and possibly masturbating out on the public street mean he represents a danger to himself and society. Only time will tell. But there's an even bigger question at hand, folks: will this breakdown kill Kony 2012?

If you've perhaps been living under a rock -- or maybe you were celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a month of living in a drunken stupor instead of waiting for today -- you may have missed video of children forced into slavery by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. And if you missed that, you're sure to have bypassed the controversy over the plan to take down Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with the sale of Invisible Children "kits" and other KONY paraphernalia.

For every person ponying up the cash, there was at least another American pondering if Russell's moving 29-minute video and campaign were well-meaning but likely ineffectual or -- worse -- an elaborate scam meant to milk us out of our hard-earned money. Russell thought the backlash was serious enough to show up on the round of news shows earlier this week to respond to the criticisms, and he sounded pretty convincing.

And then this happened. Just look at this video, supposedly of Russell, mid-meltdown. Beware, he is naked so it is not totally safe for work (or kids):

That is the guy we should send our money to? That is the guy whose word we were supposed to take that this whole thing is going to work?

The folks at Invisible Children want us to believe that the extreme popularity of their video and the intense media pressure over the past few weeks were just too hard for Russell to take. Suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition, and dehydration, the guy on the video is the filmmaker in body only, they say.

I don't mean to denigrate their claims, and I have nothing but respect for people who suffer from some sort of mental disease. But the fact is, four days before this, Jason Russell represented himself as a "voice of reason" who we should listen to and trust. It behooved him to prove that he wasn't all talk, to ensure that everything he did was above reproach.

We are talking about people's hard-earned money. In a recession! We're talking about a global movement, and some major trust. And if that means Jason Russell making sure he eats his Wheaties every morning or whatever he had to do to keep his head on straight, gosh darnit, I'm sorry, but he should have. He took on this project. That was his choice. And he should know that being the public face of this movement held certain responsibilities.

If Jason Russell can't take care to ensure he doesn't end up on the public streets butt nekkid scaring kids, can we really trust him with something as major as Invisible Children ... and our money? I hate to say it, because I do think this campaign has some merit to it, but I worry that KONY 2012 could die out if the other folks at Invisible Children do not think fast -- faster even than their meteoric rise to fame.

Check out Russell in better days -- earlier this week, and tell us, what do you think this will do to the KONY movement?

 

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nonmember avatar Lilianne

I agree this will likely hurt the Kony 2012 movement quite a bit, however I think you are being a bit hard on Jason Russell.

" And if that means Jason Russell making sure he eats his Wheaties every morning or whatever he had to do to keep his head on straight, gosh darnit, I'm sorry, but he should have. He took on this project. That was his choice. And he should know that being the public face of this movement held certain responsibilities."

I'm sure he realized that he realized he was taking on a huge project and a huge responsiblity, however I don't think ANYONE anticipates having a mental breakdown. Until more facts on the situation come out, give the guy a break. Hopefully someone else will step up in the Invisible Children campaign and they can put this incident in the past.

km619 km619

I feel bad for anyone suffering as this man clearly is at this point, and I pray for his children and family.  HOWEVER, I do wish people would look further into 'Invisible Children', b/c they are not the most upfront charity organization.  Also, I am and always was confused on how a $30 kit w/ posters and a bracelet is going to get a warlord arrested in Africa. There are many more good and reputable charities doing on the ground work work African children, not to mention the Ugandan soldiers that Invisible is supporting to help take Kony down carry out the same atrosicities!  I wouldn't have donated to them to begin with, but now I am even more unsure... I hope no matter how you feel about them that he gets the help he clearly needs. 

bills... billsfan1104

Only 32% of the funds given actually go to help these children.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

This whole thing was sketchy from the get-go. Not surprised. And why are the uber religious people always ending up being perverts?

GirlN... GirlNamedBillie

@Kwiat2-I've always wondered that same thing. People who have to believe in a religion to find some kind of meaning need it because they feel too small in the world, they need to think their religion is the reason for their existance because they just can't deal on their own. People can bash me all they want to, but I'm not the one who chooses to believe in fiction that causes hate.

kisse... kisses5050

 It really is nothing more than an "awareness" program. The kit did raise awareness for many head in the sand people who did not know this was going on.. does it "do" anything... not really but wearing red ribbons did nothing to " cure" AIDs...but it made it more visible....


You would be surprised how many cause leaders end up "butt neked"  behind closed doors having nervous brake downs and stress induced meltdowns... they may have been lucky enough to have staff around them to protect them and save them... but it happens to people everyday in every walk of life... add the enormous strain of public scutunity and crazy hours... there by the grace goes you...  I have been called to the house of a friend by her husband of a woman "who had it all" because she snapped one night and was sitting in the back yard naked crying uncontrollably... it happens and you should pity him the same as if the head line read he was diagnosed with cancer.

jkm89 jkm89

Did I miss something? When did we find out he was uber-religious? Either way, it's really sad and I hope he gets the help he needs.

Lindsey Hemphill

Ok, for starters, some compassion would be nice. I (or you for that matter) can't begin to imagine what this man is going through with the sudden media spotlight then onslaught of critisim being thrown at him. So, ease up! 
I'm not supporting his organization or saying that anything he's doing is right or wrong, I'm simply stating that the last thing he needs right now is one more person ridiculing him and his obvious health issues. You state that you have "nothing but respect for people who suffer from some sort of mental disease" but this article screams otherwise. Sad. 

nonmember avatar John

Sorry, I'm not buyin' it. I think ol' big brother was and is behind all of this. The whole thing got way too dramatic way too quickly. As soon as people started clearing their throats and saying, "Wait a minute, I think the govt is behind all of this in order to rape Uganda of oil," all this weird stuff started happening. It backfired and so they're using Russell as the pigeon.

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