Saturday, March 17, 2012

Meltdown for Russell 'Kony 2012' filmaker

Jason Russell, the marquee-handsome and new-media-brilliant founder of the charity Invisible Children, has more or less shredded its reputation in a matter of weeks. Perhaps, Kony has sent some juju against him.
First came the bizarre, self-congratulatory "Kony 2012" campaign. Now comes a meltdown - reports about police arrest of Russell. He was found in the street semi-nude masturbating, screaming and interfering with traffic, which his charity explains as a reaction to "exhaustion."
The success of the film brought criticism of Invisible Children for the way it spends its money, for a photograph of its founders, including Russell, holding rifles, and for other matters.  That criticism took its toll on Russell, according to his wife, Danica Russell, who released a statement Friday.
While the attention the film has drawn has brought increased awareness of Kony, Ms. Russell said, “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.”

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