March 29th, 2012 by faye
Jedidiah Jenkins, one of the executives of Jason Russell’s “Invisible Children” organization has made a video which shows him holding a bottle of vodka, slurring about keeping $900,000 for himself after the charity won a $1 million grant.
According to TMZ reports, Jedidiah Jenkins, who is the Director of Ideology for the “Invisible Children” dedicated to hunting down African warlord Joseph Kony, appears in the video which was shot back in 2010. It was made right after the charity won the $1 million grand prize in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition.
In the video, Invisible Children exec Jenkins can be seen holding a handle of Smirnoff vodka while slurring at the camera, “I don’t know if you heard this or not … but we won a … we won a million dollars so … pretty rad.” Then, after chugging from the bottle, Jedidiah Jenkins continues, “a hundred thousand for Haiti and $900,000 in extra for me.”
As for the Haiti reference, the competition was held a week after the earthquake in Haiti and Invisible Children had promised to give $100k to Haitian relief efforts if they won the prize.
Now, Jedidiah Jenkins has responded to the video and laughingly said, “TMZ can’t ruin my reputation,” adding. “I’m not worried.”
Invisible Children exec Jenkins said that the video was intended as a joke, and the vodka bottle was “clearly filled with water.”
“I was joking. It was made for my co-worker who was out of town when we won the prize. I made it for her to make her laugh and let her know we were thinking of her in the office,” Jenkins continued. “It’s hilarious that anyone would think it anything other than a joke. I mean, who can drink that much Vodka? Definitely not me. I’d die. It’s clearly water. I’m not gonna apologize for being a human that jokes with his friends.”
As for the $900,000 donation, Jedidiah Jenkins said, “We used it to fund school construction and scholarships in northern Uganda.”