News: Kony 2012 Director Detained For Drunk & Naked Public Meltdown, Footage Leaks
Monday, Mar 19, 2012 9:11AM
After receiving massive support from the hip-hop community in the form of re-tweets by Diddy and Nicki Minaj, Kony 2012 director Jason Russell was detained over the weekend for an unexpected naked and drunk meltdown in San Diego.
Footage of Russell's breakdown hit the Internet early Monday (March 19) morning.
From far away, it was a naked man pounding the sidewalk in public -- now TMZ has obtained up close video of Jason Russell's meltdown ... complete with four-letter words ... and the devil. In this new video, Russell can be heard ranting to himself, dropping F-bombs, clapping to no one in particular, and shouting about the devil. Russell was not arrested and won't be charged ... but he has been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. (TMZ)
Following what went down, Russell's family issued an open statement to protect the Kony movement.
"Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading up to KONY2012. We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason--and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard. 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. On our end--the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We'll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: stop at nothing." (E! Online)
Just a few days ago, Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em released his "Stop Kony" record.
Stop Kony? Perhaps someone should stop Soulja Boy. The 21-year-old rapper, best known for his songs "Crank That" and "Booty Meat," released a song that takes up the anti-Kony cause. The sparse, tossed-off song features some audio from the massive viral video hit, KONY 2012, which has drawn fresh attention to some of the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony, a warlord in Central Africa. Soulja Boy implores listeners to "Stop Kony before it's too late" and "Stop Kony 2012" before yelling, incongrously, "Swag!" (Huffington Post)
Reports claim Kony has abducted over 60,000 children as leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
A new campaign spreading across the Internet says it has one goal in mind: Make Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the violent Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) "famous" so he can be brought to justice. Kony is undeniably brutal, and the World Bank estimates that under his leadership the LRA has abducted and forced around 66,000 children to fight with them during the past two decades. In October, President Obama committed 100 U.S. troops to help the Ugandan army remove Kony. (Washington Post)
Check out Soulja Boy Tell Em's "Stop Kony" below: