Oprah Winfrey nabbed Invisible Children founder/KONY 12 creator Jason Russell for his first post-meltdown interview, which aired tonight via Oprah's Next Chapter. As we already knew, he distanced himself from the pavement-slapping, publicly nude Jason Russell of that March day. He didn't shirk responsibility, exactly, but he did refer to it as an "out of body experience." He also said he remembered very little of it, so he couldn't say for sure if he was masturbating that day, but he didn't think so.
Jason Russell, co-founder of the dubious nonprofit Invisible Children, Inc. and creator of the questionable-at-best ultra-viral online awareness campaign Kony 2012, sat down recently with Oprah Winfrey for his first interview since his very public "masturbation meltdown" brought his controversial plans for world embetterment to a psychotic halt.
In an effort to "recapture the narrative about Joseph Kony and Northern Uganda from Invisible Children," a group of honest-to-goodness Ugandans — journalists, photographers, storytellers, and other young professionals — united to launch UgandaSpeaks: An online platform for Ugandans to tell their own stories in their own words.
And we're back with the second installment in the Kony campaign saga, Kony 2012: Beyond Famous. This time the video focuses on Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey, rather than fallen angel of masturbation Jason Russell. In fact, other than a few grainy images and a handful of brief mentions, Russell is missing from the video completely.
TMZ has posted new video of Jason Russell's naked public meltdown, in which he can be heard screaming "fuck" and something about the devil. On the one hand, this footage gives a much closer look at what happened — before you get too excited, his penis is tastefully blurred. On the other hand, the new footage continues to dispel rumors that Russell was publicly masturbating, unless of course that happened offscreen.
Not to be outdone by Jason Russell's public display yesterday, Charlie Sheen's former "goddess" Bree Olson has surfaced with this bizarre but perhaps well-intentioned video response to the Kony 2012 movement. The short film shows Olson writhing in various states of undress, interspersed with images of Joseph Kony and his victims. Let her explain.
As Bill Maher put it on tonight's Real Time, making Kony famous without bringing him to justice isn't enough. By just making him famous, we put him on the regular celebrity track in this country which includes getting his cell phone hacked, hooking up with other celebrities and eventually getting into politics.
Earlier today, when reporting on Invisible Children co-founder and viral video star Jason Russell's arrest for allegedly masturbating in public near Sea World in San Diego, we used an AP photo of Russell with actor Ben McKenzie of The O.C. and Southland. This worried his publicist, so we'd like to offer a clarification: Ben McKenzie was not involved with this particular Sea World masturbation incident, in any way, shape or form.
Invisible Children, the nonprofit behind the KONY 2012 campaign, has asked supporters to spend April 20 raising awareness of the crimes of Ugandan militia leader and horrible person Joseph Kony. But how can you raise awareness? How about with one of the many KONY 2012 knockoffs available on Cafepress, Etsy and deviantART? Here's a lovingly curated selection:
Here's an al-Jazeera story about a public screening of the KONY 2012 video in northern Uganda. It doesn't go over very well. "As the film progresses, puzzlement turns to anger," says al-Jazeera's Malcolm Webb. The crowd is critical: "There are some kind of people who are trying to mobilize using the atrocities committed in northern Uganda," says one man. "We wanted to see our local people who were killed. These are all white men, different from northern Uganda," says another. It's worth checking out al-Jazeera's project "Uganda speaks," which is gathering text messages in support or opposition of the campaign from Ugandans.
After the Invisible Children Kony 2012 video blew up last week, Jon Stewart took some time on tonight's Daily Show to look into both the video and the media's reaction to the video's popularity and message.
Want to have some fun on Facebook? Put a picture of Carl Weathers from Predator on your wall and write "I'll always be on this guy's team." With any luck you can find someone who doesn't look too closely at Weathers' face and assumes they're looking at the mustachioed black guy with a green military cap in the jungle that everyone's been talking about this week: Joseph Kony. As happened in this (ostensibly real, though who knows) screen shot that's been making the internet rounds.
If you have been on the internet in the last 48 hours (you have), you've probably heard something about "Kony 2012," a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of Ugandan guerilla leader and war criminal Joseph Kony. And if you're anything like me, you've probably avoided thinking about it too much. But the time has come to form an opinion. And we're here to help. Below, all the opinions it's possible to have about Joseph Kony and Invisible Children's campaign to stop him.