October 4th, 2012 by faye
Kony 2012 founder Jason Russell has finally spoken about his naked meltdown, telling media mogul Oprah Winfrey: “That person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me.”
According to reports, Jason Russell had a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for the October 7 episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” where he tried to explain what had happened to him on the day he had a breakdown back in March — following the phenomenal success of the video that brought worldwide attention to Uganda rebel leader, Joseph Kony.
While many remember the initial Kony video, another video of Jason Russell emerged, showing his meltdown where he frantically babbled about the devil on the streets of San Diego — naked, shouting, pounding his fists on the pavement and disrupting traffic.
Jason Russell was rushed to the hospital following the incident, with what his wife said at the time called was a “reactive psychosis.”
Russell and his wife, Danica, will discuss with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (9 p.m., OWN) what happened on that day and how it made an impact on his career, his marriage and his continued fight against Joseph Kony.
Oprah Winfrey’s people have yet to release a clip of the interview, but they did release the following excerpt:
Oprah: “What do you remember, Jason?”
Jason: “I remember me flipping off cars.”
Oprah: “Flipping off cars? Like with your…”
Jason: “With both hands. I remember that just like ‘doot,’ just like a little memory. I remember running around our lemon tree. I remember …”
Oprah: “There were reports that you were breaking into cars?”
Jason: “There are reports. I mean I think I was stopping cars in the street. People said I was laying in the street – it’s a busy street – I was laying in the street.”
Oprah: “How did you get your robe off? How do you go from running out with your robe on to your robe off?”
Jason: “Again, it’s really hard to explain if people who have never had an out-of-body experience, but it really wasn’t me. That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that’s not who I am.”
Jason Russell went on to acknowledge that he was “walking around snapping my fingers up and down” and “slapping my hands on the ground as hard as I can. Just slapping them on the ground. Talking to myself. Ranting. Raving. Talking about good versus evil, God and the devil. I mean it was just very out of control.” He then proceeds showing how his wedding ring was dented because he was pounding the pavement so hard.
March 27th, 2012 by faye
An ex-Kony soldier named Richard Akena claims that “Invisible Children” co-founder Jason Russell may have been “cursed” by the warlord, Joseph Kony – resulting in his naked breakdown and arrest early last week.
According to reports, media outlet TMZ was able to speak to Richard Akena, a native Ugandan who has been captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army on four separate occasions when he was a child and was forced to do the evil biddings of Joseph Kony. Akena claims that most people who are part of the army believes that Kony is “being controlled by a devil spirit.”
Kony frequently attempted to use voodoo magic to defeat his enemies in Africa, said Richard Akena, who believes the warlord may have used the same evil magic to destroy the reputation of Jason Russell and put an end to Invisible Children’s attempts to expose the Lord’s Resistance Army.
As previous reports have stated, the family of Jason Russell released a statement saying that the attending doctors of Jason said that his breakdown was due to a “brief reactive psychosis,” insisting that the incident wasn’t because he had drug or alcohol problems. Richard Akena, on the other hand, is unconvinced of this reason, saying that the breakdown and subsequent arrest of Jason Russell were “Kony’s doing.”
Even before the “cursed” speculations on Jason Russell, Joseph Kony has been accused before of using voodoo magic for his own benefit since 2001, according to an article published online in 2003 titled “Joseph Kony’s Spirit War.” The article claims that “Kony had been tutored by his aunt, the Acholi Priestess, [Alice] Lakwena, who herself had engaged in brutal kidnappings (forced conscriptions) into her Holy Spirit Army.”
March 23rd, 2012 by faye
Jason Russell, the co-founder of the advocacy group “Invisible Children,” has been diagnosed with a mental condition called “brief reactive psychosis” brought about by stress and trauma. Russell will remain hospitalized for several more weeks.
According to the reports, police found the “Kony 2012” maker Jason Russell screaming and running naked through the streets of San Diego, California. Several witnesses reported a man behaving bizarrely in the street, pounding his fists on the pavement and shouting incoherently.
The family and relatives of Jason Russell released a statement to the media, saying that his breakdown is not a result of drug abuse nor alcohol issues.
“We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol in his body. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration,” the statement reads.
Early diagnosis suggests Jason Russell is suffering from a “brief reactive psychosis,” wherein the patient shows psychotic behaviour without warning.
“Doctors say this brief reactive psychosis is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention – both raves and ridicules – in a matter of days,” said Jason Russell’s wife, Danica.
“He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery,” she added.
The Russell family concluded, “He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children. During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one.”
The breakdown of Jason Russell came after Invisible Children’s 30-minute campaign video on the use of child soldiers by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda suddenly took off on the internet. The viral video has been viewed more than 84 million times on YouTube in recent weeks.
March 21st, 2012 by faye
“Invisible Children” filmmaker Jason Russell, the man behind the viral “Kony 2012” video was brought into custody by the San Diego police Thursday afternoon when neighbors reported Russell running naked in the streets of the Pacific Beach neighborhood, pounding his fists on the sidewalk. The wife and family of Jason Russell released a statement regarding the incident, saying that he was just under stress and that he “never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things.”
According to the reports, police responded to “several callers who reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating,” a police statement reads. When the police arrived, Jason Russell was wearing his underwear.
“The callers reported the underwear-clad male was in the street, interfering with traffic, screaming, yelling incoherently and pounding his fists on the sidewalk. He continued to act in a bizarre and irrational manner,” according to a statement issued by police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown.
Danica Russell, Russell’s wife, and other members of his family suggested that the criticism of the “Invisible Children” video about African militia leader Joseph Kony may have contributed to the bizarre behavior of Jason Russell.
“Because of how personal the film [Invisible Children] is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal and Jason took them very hard,” said the family statement, adding “Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading to the Kony 2012 video. We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it.”
“Let us say up front that Jason has never had a substance abuse or drinking problem, and this episode wasn’t caused by either of those things. But yes, he did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration,” his wife, Danica Russell said.
A New York-based public relations firm released a statement Friday from the organization’s chief executive, Ben Keesey, acknowledging that the “Invisible Children” filmmaker Jason 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 yesterday.”