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KONY 2012 Filmmaker’s Wife Blames Haters for Husband’s Naked Freakout

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Everyone has a bad day. You just hope yours unfolds quietly, behind closed doors.

Invisible Children co-founder and KONY 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell is by all accounts a good guy who does good deeds who also happened to have a very public bad night. Snark-loving Internet jerks like us had a little fun at the bizarre story that he was discovered naked and making sexual gestures on the streets of San Diego, but let’s not let that distract everyone from the good work that he’s done.

Nonetheless, this is a news story, and it is a bizarre one. When this happens …

… and this …

… it’s tough not to point and laugh and be thankful it’s not you.

Russell’s wife Danica released a statement in defense of her husband, blaming the haters:

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.

That’s true. Some witnesses say he was taking something very hard.

KONY 2012 hit the 100-million view mark in just six days, the fastest video to ever reach that barrier. So you’d expect Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell to celebrate his good deeds.

Unfortunately, it appeared as if the children of South Sudan weren’t the only ones snorting gunpowder laced with cocaine. But Danica Russell also said her husband was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

NBC San Diego offered the first details on the episode:

Jason Russell, 33, was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to Lt. Andra Brown. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road.

Brown said Russell was acting very strange.

Police said they received several calls yesterday at 11:30 a.m. of a man in various stages of undress, running through traffic and screaming. Police described him as “in his underwear.”

Several people attempted to calm him down and when officers arrived they said he was cooperative.

Not a good PR story for Invisible Children, both his advocacy group and the ones he was firing off. But, hey, this should help him secure Paul Reubens’ coveted endorsement for the KONY 1012 campaign.

Invisible Children released this statement on the matter:

“Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.”

And if you still haven’t seen the KONY 2012 video, here’s, finally, your chance:

 


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