Perhaps by now you’ve heard about the trouble Invisible Children founder Jason Russell found himself in last week: Amidst all the controversy and criticism surrounding his “Kony 2012″ video, Russell was detained on Friday, after witnesses spotted him naked and masturbating on a street corner in downtown San Diego in the middle of the day.
Russell was taken into custody and placed in an involuntary 5150 mental health hold (the same one Britney Spears was placed in) after several callers reported him dancing and pounding his fists on the ground, beating on cars, screaming and yelling incoherently. No charges have been filed against him.
Given the spate of criticism and discussion around Invisible Children and the KONY campaign, we thought we’d see what we could find out about Russell himself.
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Whoa dude, my secondhand embarrassment for the brosephs over at controversial nonprofit Invisible Children just went through the roof. A friend showed me this video they made in 2006 (remember, that’s not that long ago when you look at the clothes they’re all wearing) to promote a day of action on behalf of Uganda. It’s … really, truly, mortifyingly bad. There are dance numbers and cheesy special effects. And absolutely everyone is white. [YouTube]
Yesterday I posted a video from non-profit Invisible Children aimed at bringing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice. Titled “KONY 2012,” the 30-minute spot has become an unstoppable viral sensation this week. Seemingly out of nowhere, the video’s popped up everywhere, on tons of friends Facebook pages, on Twitter and on countless blogs. That’s the stated goal of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, who made the film as a way to bring attention to the actions of Joseph Kony and hopefully help arrest and bring him to justice.
Admittedly, I posted the video yesterday without knowing much about Uganda, Kony or Invisible Children — and though I watched the video in its entirety, I can’t say I was a huge fan of it. Still, I thought, this is probably worth sharing. It’s 30 minutes out of people’s lives, and it’s worth it to spread the word about the plight of child soldiers in Uganda and the unjust, unnecessary war of terror Kony has been waging there.
But that was yesterday. Keep reading »
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Ugandan guerilla group the Lord’s Resistance Army. Kony has been waging war in Uganda for nearly 30 years — fighting a violent and brutal campaign to establish a theocratic government in Uganda. The worst part? He regularly abducts and recruits children into his army, often forcing boys to kill and maim their own families and forcing girls into sexual servitude. Since its inception in 1988, it’s estimated that more than 66,000 children have been forcibly abducted and required to fight for the LRA and more than 2 million people have been internally displaced in the conflict. Keep reading »
I always thought “The Price of Beauty
” was kind of an amazing idea. What’s more fascinating than learning about the age-old aesthetic values of different cultures around the world? Too bad the host of this eye-opening show is completely disrespectful of said cultures and screams her way through each episode. Most recently, Jess and the gang made their way to Uganda to visit a tribe that feels a woman can never be too rich or too fat
. Needless to say, Jessica Simpson
is beyond amazed. Keep reading »
And you thought Oprah
tore James Frey a new one on her show? Last night, Rachel Maddow
invited Richard Cohen, the controversial (and unlicensed) psychotherapist who claims to have counseled thousands of men and women out of being gay
, on her show. In his book Coming Out Straight
, Cohen argues that there are psychological underpinnings to homosexual attraction—he says he was gay because he was “trying to experience the unobtained bond with my dad that never happened”—and that by coming to terms with what’s behind the attraction, you can become straight. After all, he did it! He’s been married for 27 years and has three kids! Although he admits in part two of the segment
that for some of those years, he was still doing dudes.
Maddow, who’s a lesbian, obviously took issue with his argument and critiqued it point by point, especially since some of his quotes suggest gay folks are out to recruit children. But even more than that, she was furious about how Cohen’s work has been interpreted in Uganda. Keep reading »
Officials in Uganda are finally passing a law outlawing female circumcision, which is prevalent in the eastern part of the country. Uganda’s prez, Yoweri Museveni explained, “There is no part of a human body that is useless.” Not to mention the fact that this “operation” hurts like hell and is very dangerous. Crude tools are used to make the cut and are often shared between girls. Oh yeah, and there’s no anesthesia. This mutilation increases the risk of HIV transmission and can cause excessive bleeding or even death. So, why do tribes force girls to take part in this atrocious practice? Keep reading »