CBS affiliate KFMB/San Diego has confirmed reports that Jason Russell, the Kony 2012 documentary director and Invisible Children co-founder, was detained Thursday around 11:30 a.m. after allegedly acting oddly and masturbating in public.
Invisible Children’s CEO Ben Keesey released a statement that attempted to give some insight into Russell’s state of health.
“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition,” Keesey said in a statement to NBC San Diego. “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.”
Russell’s viral documentary, Kony 2012 showcases his mission to find and bring to justice Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the rebel group LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). Under Kony’s leadership, the LRA has conscripted children to fight in his rebel army and sometimes kill their own parents.
P. Diddy, Rihanna and a host of other celebrities have shown their support for the movement to capture Uganda’s rebel army leader, after the viral video Kony 2012 marched its way up Twitter‘s trending topics last week.
While Kony 2012 has captured the imagination of concerned Americans and entertainers, it has drawn some criticism for its simplistic approach to a complex problem. Michael Wilkerson, a journalist who worked and lived in Uganda, expressed some concern.
“It would be great to get rid of Kony,” he wrote in a post on ForeignPolicy.com. “He and his forces have left a path of abductions and mass murder in their wake for over 20 years. But let’s get two things straight: 1) Joseph Kony is not in Uganda and hasn’t been for 6 years; 2) the LRA now numbers at most in the hundreds, and while it is still causing immense suffering, it is unclear how millions of well-meaning but misinformed people are going to help deal with the more complicated reality.”
Kony 2012 has became the fastest rising video to log more than 100 million views in Youtube history.
–Erik Parker, CBS Local with additional reporting by Jodi Philips, Kiss 95.1 and Seena, AMP Radio 97.1
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