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Jason Russell, Co-founder of Invisible Children Foundation, arrested for bizarre behavior March 19, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Invisible Children, the advocacy group focused on child soldiers in Africa, is being put on the defensive after its co-founder, Jason Russell, was arrested in March for bizarre behavior in a neighborhood in San Diego. Russell was disrupting traffic as he stood in his underwear screaming non-sense. Russell faced no charges, but was taken to a medical facility for evaluation. The incident comes after Russell and his organization have come under fire for the viral documentary film, “Kony 2012,” about the infamous rebel in Uganda with a reputation for kidnapping young children and indoctrinating them in an effort to build an army. The film has been considered an exaggeration by some critics, and others have criticized Russell and his colleagues for pocketing a large percentage of financial contributions to the group.

Addressing the crisis, Invisible Children has issued a simple statement defending Russell, claiming: “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.”

To see Russell talk about “Kony 2012,” watch the following interview:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why was Invisible Children criticized for “Kony 2012”?

2.  How does Russell’s recent meltdown put the organization in a worse position?

3.  Should the organization continue to stand beside Russell, or does it need to create distance to protect its reputation?

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