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04/19/2007


Oprah Asks KONY 2012's Jason Russell if He's Gay: VIDEO

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Following the revelation that his group Invisible Children was financially tied to anti-gay Christian fundamentalist groups, KONY 2012 co-founder Jason Russell's personal life came under scrutiny, a scrutinization that was magnified after an apparent mental breakdown, in which he marched back and forth in a nude rant at a California intersection.

Yesterday, Russell appeared on Oprah's Next Chapter to talk about his breakdown. Oprah asked him if he's gay:

“Yeah, I’ve heard those rumors...In the video I was snapping my finger up and down. I grew up in theater. My parents started a large children’s theater organization, so I am animated. I am theatrical. That's me by nature. So when you take me, times it by ten, I don't know what was in my head but it was controlling my body and making me do really strange things."

Russell says he hardly remembers anything about the episode on the sidewalk: "I think I was trying to ask cars to take me to the airport, in my underwear."

Russell says it took him two weeks to come back to himself.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Questions About Sexuality, Anti-Gay Ties Follow 'Invisible Children' Co-Founder Jason Russell

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Following the revelation that his group Invisible Children is financially tied to anti-gay Christian fundamentalist groups, co-founder Jason Russell is coming under scrutiny. Russell's apparent mental breakdown last week, in which he marched back and forth in a nude rant at a California intersection, has placed closer scrutiny on his personal life.

The International Business Times devotes a full article to internet discussion of Russell's sexuality:

Some who viewed the naked meltdown video posted comments questioning his sexual orientation. In fact, the top Google search under Jason Russell's name is now "Jason Russell gay."

TMZ obtained a close-up video of Russell's bizarre naked rant in the middle of a busy San Diego intersection, recorded by passerbys' cell phones. Though the TMZ video already was embedded in countless news articles and received copious hits, the video ticked up to more than 20,000 Facebook "likes" and more than 1,400 tweets on TMZ's website.

Numerous comments on TMZ's original posting assert that Russell is gay, and some are offensive and derogatory in nature. Others took to Twitter with questions about Jason Russell's sexuality as well as his religious beliefs.

Adam Feldman, a theater and cabaret critic for Time Out New York, tweeted: "Hard to watch this without thinking that Jason Russell is a flamingly gay guy trapped in a fundie world of self-hatred" with a link to a seminar Russell gave at Liberty University -- founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, no friend of gays  -- in November 2011.

Watch the Liberty University video, in which Russell talks about his dream of making Hollywood musicals, AFTER THE JUMP...

Chris Sarette, VP of Business Operations at Invisible Children, gave a statement to NY Mag last week about the reports of the group's ties to anti-gay organizations, and his own sexuality:

"I have been a core member of the management staff at Invisible Children for five years. The fact that Invisible Children sees people as PEOPLE – whether they be family, neighbors, or children in Central Africa – is one of the reasons I finally came out as a gay man. Invisible Children’s work concerns a human rights issue, and has attracted supporters, employees, and board members who otherwise sit on different sides of the aisle on many other issues. Invisible Children is not an anti-gay organization, and has in fact publicly spoken out against acts of violence on members of the GLBT community in Uganda. Hate in any form is counterproductive to our mission."

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Man Who Co-Founded Group Behind 'KONY 2012' Campaign Detained for Masturbating in Public: VIDEO

The co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behing the KONY 2012 video and campaign, was detained today for masturbating, removing his underwear, and "acting very strange" in public, NBC San Diego reports:

Jason_russellJason 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...

"Due to the nature of the detention, he was not arrested," she said at a press conference. "During the evaluation we learned we probably needed to take him to a medical facility because of statements he was saying."

Invisible Children's CEO released a statement:

“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.”

The group has been under close scrutiny since its KONY 2012 video went viral, including questions about its funding, some of which which was revealed to come from anti-gay Christian fundamentalist groups.

Watch SDPD Lt. Andra Brown discuss the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Christian Fundamentalist Groups Fund 'KONY 2012' Group Invisible Children: VIDEO

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On The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss recent revelations and criticism of Invisible Children, the group behind the 'KONY 2012' video and its accompanying campaign.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kony2012Alternet has a lengthy article about links between Invisible Children and The Caster Family Foundation, one of the biggest financial backers of the push for California’s Proposition 8.

Also tied to IC are Lou Engle's The Call and other ministries including Discovery Institute, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, The Fellowship Foundation, and Ed Silvoso’s Harvest Evangelism. All received funding from the National Christian Foundation. Several are tied directly to Uganda's "kill the gays" bill.

Alternet adds:

Why does it matter, if Invisible Children was funded by controversial donors? Two reasons - one, we can assume those donors thought IC aligned with their agenda - which is antagonistic to LGBT rights. Two, it fits an emerging pattern in which Invisible Children appears selectively concerned about crimes committed by Joseph Kony but indifferent to crimes, perhaps on a bigger scale, committed by their provisional partner, the government of Uganda - whose president shot his way into power using child soldiers, before Joseph Kony began using child soldiers. Like Kony, the government of Uganda was also indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005, for human rights abuses and looting in the DRC Congo (PDF file of ICC ruling against Uganda). Like Kony, the Ugandan army preys upon civilians and is currently accused, by Western human rights groups, with raping and looting in the DRC Congo, where it is hunting for Kony. In the late 1990s, Uganda helped spark a conflict in DRC Congo that, by the middle of the next decade it is estimated, had killed up to 5.4 million civilians, more than any conflict since World War Two.

Concerns about these groups compound growing questions about its finances.

Invisible Children Funded By Antigay, Creationist Christian Right [alternet]

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