Not too long after his viral video, Jason Russell, co-founder and director of the KONY 2012 viral video and Leader of The Invisible Children, found the video spreading like wild fire. If you go on to YouTube, the video has 85,906,706 views around the world. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. According to the half hour video, Joesph Kony is a Ugandan Warlord that has been abducting African boys and girls, where he would use the young African girls as sex slaves, and then train the boys to fight for him as child soldiers. Many females are being forced into procreating more children so Kony can use them to strengthen his current Army. Jason Russell created this program in the hope, that millions of people world wide will come together, and make Kony as famous as American celebrities and put him on the cover of Time magazine, one of the most influential and well known magazines in the world. The only problem with that, is a campaign is only as strong as it's leader...
Now this viral video has blown up across campuses worldwide, newspapers, class room lectures, and clearly the Internet. As a few months have passed, many are wondering what has happened to this campaign? Have they caught Kony? Is Kony still alive? The real question people should be asking is, what has Jason Russell, founder and president of the organization been doing? That answer is a complete shocker to most people. He was arrested on Thursday March 15th 2012, for walking around the San Diego's Pacific Beach area, "in a speedo like" bottom while making sexual gestures and innuendos at the passing motorists before he finally removed his "speedo like" bottoms and started masturbating on public sidewalks and the public roads. The officers arrested him as a psychiatric detainment. According to the ABC and NBC news articles, Russell, 33, was flailing his arms around and slapping the sidewalk while he was naked. TMZ also caught a 2 minuet video where Russell was yelling at the traffic in that all natural look.
Many people would look at this and demand an arrest, but sure enough, there are currently no charges on the 33 year old KONY2012 producer. The CEO of Invisible Children, Ben Keesey went informed the San Diego news reporters that Russell was hospitalized for health problems after the arrest that Thursday, where he suffered from dehydration, exhaustion, and malnutrition, and that all the immediate success of the KONY2012 viral video put a lot of stress on Jason and his family. That stress apparently lead to nude shouting, and masturbation in the streets.
Being the criminal justice students we are, it makes one wonder many different things. Once the arresting officers found Jason to be the producer of the KONY video, did his immediate fame lead to a bill at the hospital and a slap on the wrist? What do you guys think? How does the actions of the President of an international organization make the organization itself look? After reading about Jason's claim to fame and fall from fame, does his actions make you think different about the Invisible Childrens campaign to stop Kony? Should he have to answer for his repulsive behaviors? Should he get a prison sentence his actions, even though he was diagnosed with exhaustion, malnutrition, and dehydration? What do you guys think? As for the organization as a whole, what type of failure do you believe this would be? could his freak out be considered a long term failure which would challenge the organizations legitimacy as a whole, or a minor short term failure? Did his actions lead to an oversight failure on the idea that Russell took his own actions from the instant fame? Use your CRJ knowledge and give your opinion!!
Article found by ABC San Diego News. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
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