[Marxism] Kony director acting oddly

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 17 05:58:38 MDT 2012


Filmmaker behind 'Kony 2012' video taken to mental health facility
San Diego police detain Jason Russell after he is found in traffic in 
his underwear, but they don't expect to seek criminal charges. The video 
about an African militia leader went viral on the Internet.

By Tony Perry and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

March 17, 2012

Reporting from San Diego and Los Angeles -- San Diego police said Friday 
that they don't expect to seek any criminal charges against Jason 
Russell, the filmmaker behind the viral "Kony 2012" video, after a 
bizarre incident.

Russell was acting oddly, dressed only in underwear and darting in and 
out of traffic in the Pacific Beach neighborhood, when officers spotted 
him on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Police said some callers 
reported that Russell was naked and touching himself.

Russell was cooperative and "no problem for the Police Department," Lt. 
Andra Brown said. Officers took him to a mental health facility because 
they worried that he posed a danger to himself or others.

At the headquarters of Invisible Children, the San Diego nonprofit that 
produced the video about African militia leader Joseph Kony, security 
guards blocked the entrance.

Workers could be seen removing black and red "Kony 2012" banners from 
inside the lobby. No one answered the phones, but people could be seen 
inside talking on cellphones. Some were crying.

A New York-based public relations firm released a statement from the 
organization's chief executive, Ben Keesey, acknowledging that Russell 
had been hospitalized.

"Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from 
exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition," the statement said. "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 

The organization skyrocketed to fame when the 29-minute video went 
viral. It has been viewed 80 million times on YouTube.

The video on the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army provoked 
a worldwide outcry about violence and the use of child soldiers.

tony.perry at latimes.com

richard.winton at latimes.com

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