Money & Politics

March 17, 2012

Man Behind Kony 2012 Video Detained and Hospitalized


The “non-profit” organization Invisible Children are not so invisible after all.

Less than two weeks after the video Kony 2012 went viral on the Internet, creator and Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell was found running naked around the streets of San Diego on Thursday morning. Witnesses saw Russell screaming and performing a sexual act while disrupting traffic which gave San Diego police no choice but to detain him after receiving several calls from witnesses.

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Invisible Children also released a statement on Friday that says the 33-year old filmmaker was hospitalized. It stated:

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. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.

Russell was the man behind the camera in the Kony 2012 video that garnered over 60 million views on Youtube in one week. The campaign called for the arrest and trial of African rebel leader Joseph Kony. Since the video’s launch, the organization has received tremendous financial support from millions, including celebrity figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Rihanna.


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Ralph King
Ralph King
Ralph King is one of the two Editor-in-Chiefs of He is a 5th-year Communications student who is passionate about advertising and media studies. His hobbies include obsessing over the NBA and listening to Hip-Hop music. Once in a while, you'll see him strolling the streets with a DSLR.

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