Kony video maker faces weeks in hospital

According to a recent BBC post: ‘Advocacy group Invisible Children’s co-founder will be in hospital for weeks after he was found semi-naked and screaming at traffic, his wife says.Jason Russell, 33, has been diagnosed with a mental condition brought on by stress or trauma.Last week, police found Mr Russell screaming and running through the streets of San Diego, California.He narrated the Kony 2012 video about child soldiers in Uganda that recently went viral on the internet.

Witnesses reported a man behaving bizarrely in the street, pounding his fists on the pavement and shouting incoherently.

Some people who called the police said the man was naked, although he was semi-clad when police arrived.

The incident 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.

It has been viewed more than 84 million times on YouTube in recent weeks.

Mr Russell’s family has emphasized that his outburst was not brought on by drugs or alcohol.

Early diagnosis suggests he is suffering from “reactive psychosis”, in which the patient shows psychotic behaviour without warning.

“Doctors say this 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 Mr Russell’s wife Danica.

“He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery,” she added.

Invisible Children has the backing of countless celebrities and the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, but both the group and the video have also come under heavy criticism.

Activists say the campaign simplifies a complex issue, and questions have been raised about Invisible Children’s financing.’


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  1. Pat Stewart says:

    His wife was out shopping, right? And he just walked outside in his underwear to a street corner, and then started his reactive psychosis?

    Where was his family support? Where is his organization’s concern about the mental health of its own staff, not just the needs of people who were traumatized and injured 5 to 15 years ago?

    Where is anyone’s concern, including Jason’s own, for his children? Anyone think his son will be traumatized by watching his father experience a catatonic psychotic episode, or be locked in a mental ward for weeks? Where’s daddy? Think about it.

    Jason’s video is about arousal. His entire concern is about arousal. His episode is about arousal. (I’m talking clinical psychiatric terminology).

    The video and the intention of this company classified as tax exempt deserves serious review. Our tax money is deferred to support pursuit of a group, the LRA, no longer as influential as painted by the video and the group, no longer in Uganda where the majority of our tax loss is going, besides to produce a slick, manipulative video, and direct young people to shout for something that already has 100 of our US military engaged in, their lives on the line for now nearly 6 months.

    We have been misrepresented to, imo, repeatedly by the company and by even his wife who is claiming she had no awareness of his mental instability, nor took any action either proactive or coincidental to seek mental experts to help.

    I wonder if this is what most significant others say when their most important other runs into difficulty.

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