Upon hearing about the legal problems of Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, I had to do a double-take. The man responsible for KONY2012 going viral now stands accused of masturbating in public and vandalizing cars? If this is true, it took less than a week of internet stardom to drive him to the point of a crazy-person meltdown. Somewhere, Joseph Kony is reading the MSNBC article I linked to and flashing a diabolical villain smile.
It sucks that this bad press will only further undermine the momentum Invisible Children has started. I have to admit that there was one aspect of the KONY2012 video that I wish was done differently. Russell should have found another way to make his point than trying to describe the atrocities going on in Uganda to his toddler child. Unless the kid is actually living in some kind of war zone, there is no reason to take away his childhood innocence. As parents, why lie to a kid about Santa Claus or the tooth fairy, then tell him the truth about some murderous tyrant halfway across the globe? Us adults, and even teenagers, need to know about those type of things going on in the world. Young children? Let them work their way up to that. Going from “Stranger Danger!” to “Stranger just killed my entire family with machetes and forced me to hunt down other kids with Russian assault rifles” is a bit much, in my opinion.
Russell’s intoxicated public jerkoff session does not stop what the KONY2012 movement has started. That said, “HORNY2012″ is currently trending on Twitter, so it’s probably too late. Whatever the case, I still admire what he accomplished with the short film before all of this madness happened.
*EDIT* So I just saw the actual video of Jason Russell’s meltdown. My first thought was “WHAT-IN-THE-PAVEMENT-SLAPPING F*CK IS HE DOING?! If this is indeed due to a medical condition, then I feel bad for him. If it turns out that he was on drugs when this happened, well, I guess the jokes he’s been enduring this weekend are well-deserved. Here is a link to the clip. Be warned: There’s man-nudity and NSFW language.
What’s really crazy is I actually saw a man get arrested on Wednesday night by six police officers for walking around completely butt-ball naked on Georgia Ave. It was pretty clear that fellow was on some kind of drugs. They must have been hot drugs at that, because he was really walking around in nothing. Not even shoes. I laughed as the police put on plastic gloves to detain him, but I really don’t blame them one bit. I would not have made that arrest! He’d still be wandering the streets with his junk blowing in the breeze if I were a first responder from the police force. I’d be like “I’m just gonna act like I didn’t see this one. They don’t pay me enough!”Tweet