“Kony 2012″ Creator,Detained For Public Intoxication And Masturbation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Russell, 33,  co-founder of Invisible Children, was detained in San Diego, CA on Thursday for public intoxication and masturbation, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Several witnessed called into the station to complain that a man was walking around the Pacific Beach area, vandalizing cars and appearing to be under the influence, reports NBC San Diego.

SDPD spokesperson, Lt. Andra Brown, said that Russell was acting “very bizarre”:

“Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested,” Lt. Brown said. “During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying.”

Witnesses claim that he had stripped out of his underwear, but had them back on by the time police arrived. At that point, authorities said that it was obvious that Russell needed medical attention:

“He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him,” said an SDPD spokesperson. “We determined that medical treatment was a better course of action than arrest.”

Invisible Children’s CEO Ben Keesey released the following statement on Friday:

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 is one of the creators of the “Kony 2012″ viral video that attempted to make Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony “famous” for his kidnapping and slaughter of innocent children. The video made history, garnering over 100 million views in 6 days.

The organization came under fire after reports surfaced that they misappropriated funds — with only a third going to the causes they claim to support, according to the Better Business Bureau — and also embellished Kony’s lasting influence in Uganda. According to Dr. Beatrice Mpora, director of health organization Kairos, Invisible Children has done more harm than good:

“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” she said. “There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”

According to NBC San Diego,  employees at the Invisible Children headquarters were told not to comment and a “Kony 2012″ sign was removed from the lobby.

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Rihanna SIGNS ON For “STOP KONY” PSA

Rihanna has joined a growing list of celebrities who have thrown support to The Invisible Children organization in their effort to expose the war crimes of Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord with a team of child soldiers and sex slaves. Find out more inside….

 

Rihanna has reached out to The Invisible Children charity in an effort to help spread awareness about “the most hated man in the world,”  Joseph Kony (shown above), a leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Kony has been accused of abducting Ugandan children, forcing young girls into human trafficking and forcing young boys into a life of violence and murder.  The kids are even FORCED to murder their own families!  And he’s been doing this for  nearly thirty years!

Rihanna posted on Twitter,

Oprah and Chris Brown have also voiced support,

Oprah: “Thanks tweeps for sending me info about ending #LRAviolence . I am aware. Have supported with $’s and voice and will not stop.#KONY2012.”

Chris Brown:  #KONY2012.”

Kylie Jenner: “Everyone needs to watch this. RT this please.”

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Interviewing Invisible Children’s CEO After ‘Kony 2012′ Film Goes Viral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Joseph Kony famous. That is the goal of a 30-minute video produced by the nonprofit organization Invisible Children. The video, released just two weeks ago, has already received more than 38 million views and counting between Vimeo and YouTube, and has drawn lots of attention – both good and bad – to its cause. Trending Now spoke with CEO Ben Keesey in an exclusive interview where he gave us an inside look at how the video became so viral so fast, and responded to criticism over the organization’s finances and its solutions to the conflict in Uganda.

The documentary follows filmmaker Jason Russell in his pursuit to end the conflict in Uganda by capturing Joseph Kony, the leader of the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army, his personal army of kidnapped children.

Invisible Children says that Kony has gone unnoticed for his crimes against humanity because the American government does not see him as a direct threat to American foreign policy or interests. Invisible Children feels the injustice against the children has gone on for far too long, and the group wants to put a stop to it.

The organization decided to raise Kony’s international profile so American politicians would take notice. The goal is to make Joseph Kony famous through making the documentary and having everyone possible, primarily college students, share the story of the tragedies. Using social media, word of mouth, posters and awareness rallies, Invisible Children has aimed to have Kony captured by the end of 2012 and to restore peace and prosperity to communities in Central Africa.

While awareness and support of the Invisible Children’s movement has increased by the millions, it has been met with some controversy, including  accusations that the organization is providing an idealistic and overly simplistic solution to an incredibly complex problem. Some have also pointed out that there are other people committing crimes against humanity and also other countries, like Sudan and Somalia, that are in need of support and funding just as much as Uganda.

In addition, public financial records indicate that only 32 percent of the money raised last year went to direct services to help the children affected by the LRA. The other 68 percent went to things like staff salaries, film production, and travel costs. Plus, even though Invisible Children is advocating for a peaceful resolution in bringing Kony to justice, it is not opposed to direct military intervention.

On Facebook, Invisible Children has more than 2 million likes, and on Twitter more than 320,000[Y1] followers, including celebrities and other influential people. So by the looks of it, the organization is well on its way to making Joseph Kony a household name.

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