by Ian Driscoll
Early reports stated that Jason Russell, the man who directed and narrated Kony 2012, one of the most popular YouTube videos of all time, was arrested this morning in San Diego for public masturbation and vandalizing private property.
Russell, seen on camera in Kony 2012 describing Ugandan atrocities to his toddler son, was found, according to San Diego Police reports, “in his underwear” on early Thursday morning.
Police, responding to 911 calls, stated that Russell appeared to be masturbating in the street and vandalizing parked cars. He seemed, they said, to be under the influence of unknown chemical substances.
He was subsequently taken to a mental hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Lt. Andrea Brown of the SDPD issued the following statement regarding Russell:
“He was no problem for the police department, however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him. So officers detained him and transferred him to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment.”
Invisible Children’s CEO, Ben Keesey, also issued a statement, saying that the two weeks since the release of the video have “taken a severe emotional toll” on all of the administrators at Invisible Children. He expressed the charity’s support for Jason and asked that the public be respectful of his family’s privacy during Russell’s recovery.
If only Russell had something to comfort him, to strengthen him and see him through this time of crisis.
Like a big, fucking pile of money.