Kony 2012 Narrator Detained for "Masturbating in Public" (Updated)


Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children and narrator of the viral Kony 2012 video, has been detained by the San Diego Police Department. According to Lt. Andra Brown, Russell was taken into custody Thursday night after vandalizing cars and masturbating in public. In addition, the SDPD "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.'"

The SDPD assume he was under the influence of something.

Meanwhile, the blog Africa is a Country has unearthed some insane videos by Invisible Children, including a 7-minute musical number set in a high school and an awareness music video, with singing that never mentions "Uganda," "Africa" "Joseph Kony" or "child soldiers."

Reason on Kony 2012.

UPDATE: TMZ has a short, totally NSFW video of Russell's "naked meltdown." (HT to Coeus.) 

The police will not press charges, since according to a SDPD spokesperson, "We determined that medical treatment was a better course of action than arrest."

TMZ has more:

Law enforcement sources tell us … Russell is being hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities can assess his mental state. The 5150 hold allows authorities to keep Russell for up to 3 days to determine if he represents a threat to either himself or others.


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  1. What a curious turn of events.

    1. Indeed.

    2. So it seems last night, you caught me spankin’ it.
      No use denyin’ it: I was really crankin’ it.

  2. “masturbating in public.”

    Oh, you weren’t talking about the KONY2012 video.

    1. It was a double entendre.

  3. He wasn’t vandalizing cars or masturbating, they were electric cars and he was recharging them.

  4. The SDPD assume he was under the influence of something.

    Top notch police work, right there.

  5. He already has “fuck you money”. Must be an effective campaign.

  6. He must have thought he was really invisible.

    1. If you masturbate in front of invisible children, does putting you on a sex offender registry make a sound?

      1. Fucking mimes.

  7. All the videos have been made private, it seems. Too bad Jason Russell didn’t exercise similar discretion.

    1. Well I saw 2…

      They were horrifying.

      These guys have all the sincerity and integrity of LMFAO. Less.

  8. Clearly, this is a warning to those who would challenge Mr. Kony. His reach is far and wide.

    1. and now uses “holy water,” which he tells his little disciples will make them invulnerable to bullets. He has claimed to be able to turn stones into hand grenades, and many of his devotees say that they have seen him do it. He warns any child tempted to run away that the baptismal fluids are visible to him forever and thus they can always be found again.

      Perhaps the magic Kony employs against his enemies is not as flaccid as we first thought.

  9. Police described him as ‘in his underwear.’

  10. Kony’s evil henchmen shot him full of GHB, Meth and Monkey-hormones, and convinced him automobiles are trying to discredit his awareness-raising…

    Its the only reasonable explanation

  11. I love the comment from IC “unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition” who the fuck suffers from “malnutrition”? Fucking month long tweakers thats who

  12. Technically, if your underwear is around your ankles, you’re still ‘in your underwear’.

  13. OK, I’m not gonna hold back on speculating. That man is a closeted homosexual and no more wants eleven children with his best friend than, than…Ru Paul does, or George Michael…and damn, being a closeted homosexual Christian will really fuck a brother up.

  14. Ok, now the whole kony thing is just getting weird. Apropos of the last thread on this, will we get “invisible children’s” response to this incident in their next video?

  15. There’s a video of the rampage:…..-in-public

    1. Live by the ‘tube, die by the ‘tube.

    2. “But, as Jezebel’s own Erin Gloria Ryan put it, “Wasn’t the entire Kony 2012 campaign essentially this white guy masturbating in public?””

      Props to jezebel…

    3. My first hat tip. Thanks Nick. I’ll always remember you fondly.

      You know, it didn’t hurt as much as Sugarfree said it would.

      1. The first one from nick is always special… But you haven’t arrived until you get an adjective.

  16. No one has said it yet, but I guess he is really a jerk.

  17. It’s been awful cold in SD lately. For that reason, if no other, it is strongly suggested to take care of that indoors.


    What the fuck?

    I always saw the French revolution as a failure what with Napoleon and all.

    Plus it was unnecessarily bloody….Even the Haitian slave revolt somehow constrained themselves from cutting out the Vaginae of nuns.

  19. Ok, I’m gonna throw out the disclaimer right now that I’m admitting this is a dick thing to say, but I’m gonna say it. I was suspicious when I saw this guy had like four different hair colors throughout the video. I’m thinking he’s the timothy treadwell of secular humanism.

  20. Obviously it appears that Kony has put an evil African hex on this poor soul.

    Kony is not to be tooled with by non-profit San Diegan surfer dude crusaders. Bullets will not pierce Kony’s skin and he can cause syphilis just by invisioning your dripping member.

    Dude messed with the wrong Warlord.

  21. reason ignoratimode(tm):

    derp derp derp this is a double standard. anybody who wasn’t a cop would be PROSECUTED. they are clearly just helping their brother in blue… law enforcement would NEVEr say medical treatment is better than prosecution. they prosecute EVERYBODY who commits crimes except for cops. derp derp derp

    oh wait a second. this guy isn’t a cop


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