Invisible Children co-founder detained for vandalizing cars, public masturbation

Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, who was involved in the making of the Kony 2012 video, was detained in San Diego yesterday morning after being found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars, running through traffic and screaming in his underwear. NBC San Diego reports:

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

"He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him," said [Lt. Andra] Brown at a press conference. "So officers detained him and transferred him to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment."

The SDPD suspects Mr. Russell was under the influence of something.

Invisible Children Co-Founder Detained: SDPD


    1. Nothing can tame the raw power of all this Christian, homophobic, self-loathing, closeted-homosexual angst.


      1. exactly what I was saying just this morning! I don’t think Mr. “Most Serious case of Gay Face ever” Russell is going to be in the closet much longer though eh? ;)

        1. Masturbating in public, vandalizing cars, and running through traffic in your underwear isn’t really a “gay” thing.

          1. isn’t really a “gay” thing

            Agreed.  It’s really a Christian, homophobic, self-loathing, closeted-homosexual angst thing.

    1. Seems par for the course. I wonder if he was involved with any “pray the gay away” camps before backing Ugandan murderers of gays.

      I’m sure it’d take some hard drugs to get over the cognitive dissonance.

      1. TMZ said he was wearing a thong. Then not wearing it. Then wearing it again.

        I guess he’s put together  about as well as the pray away the gay places can put someone together. That is to say even the police think he’s high and don’t want anything to do with him.

    2. “donations” to good use?  You can get drunk for under $20, and all that other stuff he did doesn’t cost a lot to do. He didn’t even trash a hotel room or hire a prostitute.

  1. It was my understanding that the whole “KONY 2012″ campaign was basically one long act of public masturbation.

        1. Is FEMEN for real or is it state sponsored performance art?  Clearly they have their own photographer, and some of their shots extremely professional, like high-fashion compositions.  I wonder if some of those shoots aren’t totally staged. 

          1. If you don’t think a drunk driver can be just as dangerous as a speed freak, meth head or pot smoker because of “cultural acceptance” then you’re just being silly. SILLY.

          2. Ah yes, but in olden times alcohol prevented an awful lot of violence and death because of food :)

            One of the blessings of ever learning moderation is the ability to ignore laws, as long as you have a secure supply chain. 

            But yeah, it’d be better if they just stayed out of my business, I can’t drink alcohol but I can smoke pot in small amounts. Fuck their laws.

          3. Alcohol is culturally accepted as a food product in America, not a drug.

            Pop quiz!

            PART A: Which is more “socially acceptable”*:
            1. Non-alcoholic beer, or
            2. Beer that actually functions as an intoxicant?

            PART B: Why do you think that is?

            *Outside of Utah

          4. There’s no such thing about non-alcoholic beer, by the definition of the process making beer, it’s not a non-alcoholic product.

      1. I’m actually completely okay with drugged-out, hypersexual, naked closet cases with great asses wandering the streets.

      2. Drugs?  While Libertarians may or may not be idiots, this is not why. 
        Imaginary drugs are in your head. 

        This guys issue is that he wants to be a ultra-straight ultra-Christian really, really badly. 
        Fta: Russell is also described as a Christian and father to two children who wants to have nine more children with his wife he calls his “best friend for over 23 years.   
        Imagine the pressure he lives under, created by the discordance of what he feels and what he believes. 
        He really is fighting his personal devils. 

        What a tragic hopeless character.

  2. “The SDPD suspects Mr. Russell was under the influence of something.”

    Probably hubris.

  3. Obviously a part of the slacktivist manifesto. Once the viral vid has been forgotten about by the 99%, it is time to hit the streets to really rev things up and what better way than spanking the monkey in public. Clearly his act of self-flagellation is representative of Kony’s treatment of children and the car vandalism symbolises the Western world’s obsession with the material over the moral. This guy really is a next level agitator. 

  4. I’m SO surprised that a pious fraud of an evangelist was caught doing crystal meth and committing sex acts in public.

    What I’m actually surprised about:

    1) There were no mirrors in sight
    2) There’s no quip from the sex worker who had to listen to him drone on about himself for hours as foreplay.

    As always in these cases, I still feel bad for the partner who gets stuck with this douchenozzle of a narcissist and the constant humiliation they put them through at every part of the “forgiveness- seeking” process.

    Those are just as insincere as their original act.

    1. I wouldn’t feel too bad. I’m a great listener, and when I was still on drugs would score a lot of free drugs listening to self-loathing addicts about how this was their last big hurrah before they quit. If you have a Kindle or something it isn’t that bad. 

    1. Cocaine seemed his usual braggadocio.

      Running around in his tighty whities and smashing windshields? Man, that’s pure megachurch-pastor grade meth.

  5. He’s only invisible when people aren’t looking at him.

    He’s known about this power since he was a child.

  6. Running in traffic is  pathognomonic for crack to meth use, at least in my ED.  Plus, we LOVE when the police bring us intoxicated, out of control ‘celebrities’.

    1.  What’s erectile dysfunction got to do with this?

      Wait, I’m not sure I want to know…

  7. “Under the influence of something” “because of statements he was saying” … Am I the only one who feels the whole article was put through Google translator?

  8. I think we all need to take a deep breath and let Kirk Cameron sort it all out.  

    Keep the faith.

  9. This is probably the shortest arc for any public figure I’ve ever seen, from darling to doubtful to down in flames took – what, ten days? Can anyone think of a briefer crescendo and subsequent conflagration?

    1. Reminds me of that episode of Futurama where time gets thrown out of whack.

      Anchorwoman: Time continues to skip forward randomly. Details at 11.
      Anchorwoman: This is the news at 11. The mysterious and unexplained–
      Anchorwoman: Turning to entertainment news, teen singer Wendy might just be the latest–
      Anchorwoman: –won three Grammys last night–
      Anchorwoman: –found dead in her bathtub.

      1. That’s exactly it. This story has gone sideways so many times in the past few days it is now pointing in a direction we can no longer perceive with three-dimensional eyes.

        I wonder if Russell is imploding psychologically after having to face news online of his musicals. Maybe there wasn’t much holding him together in the first place… it would explain a few things.

    2. I love this.  The time between blow-up and blow-out  is elapsing faster and faster.  All the schadenfreude, less time spent waiting for the fall from grace.

  10. My latest viral campaign is simply meant to raise public awareness about vandalism, public masturbation and drug use. It’s not the answer, but if it kickstarts a conversation and encourages others to spread the word, then it’s a success and I’m proud of it.
    I expect all of you to follow my example for Cover the Night on 4/20!

      1. That’s great, but remember to buy the Action Pack which has all the tools you’ll need to spread the campaign. It has a poster, stickers, pamphlets, solidarity bracelet and thong underwear.


  11. Aaaand there’s video:

    I shouldn’t be laughing this hard.  Especially if it turns out to be a mental health issue. But still… 

    1. I’m always filled with shame when gawker provides me with something that makes me happy. 

    2. Cool.  Now that video will end up on youtube next to the Kony 2012 one, and all the shitty musical numbers.  Maybe someone can do a mash-up?

  12. Must be the Illuminati got to him. Can’t have any upstart international cults interfering with the master plan. Some big potential donor takes him out for a congratulatory dinner, some amphetamines and rohypnol slip into his virgin margarita, better luck next time theocrats!

    1. Or he was just a drug-abusing propagandist who blew all Invisible Children’s profits on coke and decided to do what came natural to him.

    1. Only the lesser, sloppy badpeople.

      The architects and the rest go on to live long, fulfilling lives.

  13. “[the police] determined that medical treatment was a better course of action than arrest.” Wow. Privilege has its privileges.

      1.  Except that California prisons are full of mentally ill people who don’t belong there. None of them rich, white guys, though.

        1. Oh, okay. So I guess we should wrongfully throw all the rich white guys in jail too. Because why solve problems when you can just get revenge on those who don’t have them?

          1. People ignore problems that don’t effect the rich white guys. If the wrong was done to him, maybe people would hear about it and do something about it. This way it’s guaranteed nothing changes.

        2.  its called 5150 and you will find mostly homeless people with schizophrenia being taken in under it.  as for the racial remark it is true that when people from other cultures come to california they are far less likely to report their relative as mentally ill because it would be frowned upon where they come from.   it isnt until a violent crime is committed that they are forced to turn in the relative who could have easily been picked up as 5150 any time before the criminal act. 

  14. Well, if your video went viral with umpteen millions of hits and everybody was talking about you on all the talk shows, wouldn’t you go out a celebrate?

  15. I just watched the video of this and have learned I’ve been masturbating the wrong way my whole life.

    Evidently you put your butt in the air and slam your hands down on the concrete sidewalk like an irate highland gorilla’s first trip to the big city.

  16. Wow! this can’t be good for the organization. However, it may actually bring some publicity and maybe get more donations. But I don’t think anyone will be taking them seriously anymore.

  17. I wonder who should play him in the inevitable movie.  I could see Owen Wilson enjoying the role.  

  18. You’re all overreacting. The Invisible Children guy was clearly wearing invisible pants. 

  19.  I wonder if his actions can be explained a deep love for this country.  Which he was trying to hump in its entirety, intersection by intersection, and possibly stopping to mate with American made cars. 

    1. more like he finally snapped, for ever since he can remember, or at least puberty, far back in the niggling of his aural pendula, rang a siren song almost unheard, but impossible to ignore for any amount of praying. 

      *cue club music BUFF BUFF BUFF BUFF BUFF

      Repression’s a bitch

  20. Can we try for a little empathy? He seems like a good soul. I hope through the support of his friends and family he can overcome whatever demons he is fighting. His heart is in the right place. We need more people who care like he does.

    1. He seems like a good soul.

      He seems to me like a narcissist who tried to make his fame and fortune off other people’s misery.

      1. Yeah, he created a version of “goodness” that served his own needs and aspirations and then he drew attention to himself while he flogged it relentlessly on camera.  Just one big ego stroke.  Jerk. Masturbation. 

  21. I am not saying that masturbating and running around naked in public is WRONG….but if you are looking for moral guidance on international issues….

  22. To be fair, I would *not* be surprised if the guy is bipolar or something though, just given the rest of the story. Not saying he is, just that actual mental illness wouldn’t seem too far fetched. All that said, I still think he’s an ass.

    1. Well, I haven’t seen you together with either of them in public, but I’m not getting the likeness.

  23. This definitely wasn’t  just a publicity stunt, but I have no idea what it actually was. Sounds like someone was raising way too much awareness (or whatever his name for it is).

  24. STOP JUDGING HIM! This video explains even less of this.

  25. it just keeps getting better doesn’t it Kids? I for one can’t wait for this hypocritical and dangerously junior demagogue wanna be closet case nut job to crack, and if today’s events are anything to go by, that shouldn’t be much longer…

    *tents my little gay hands like Chancellor Palpatine in wicked glee* ;)

  26. sounds to me as if he either had a psychotic episode brought on by stress or he was forcibly drugged because he pissed off alot of powerful people who wanted to discredit him, and you all took the bait, if however he had a psychotic episode then you should want to help someone when they are sick, that none of you can see that is a really sad statement

  27. “He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him.” What do you know, the cops use the same terminology as the gals at the massage parlor. “Take care of him, finish him off, give him what he paid for.” That was mighty sympathetic of them to help him with that.

  28. Um…… “Masturbating in Public” is subjective.

    And I don’t think his penis has to be exposed to get charged for masturbating. I know of a man who’d cut holes in his pant pockets so he could masturbate on the city buses (He would pretend to tie his shoes and look up women’s skirts/dresses). He was arrested by undercover cops for masturbating in public.

  29. Brilliant. 

    From Super hero, to suspicious evangelist, to meth induced public fapping all in a week.

    Maybe this is all a huge and perfectly executed smear campaign by Kony.  If so, then well played sir, well played.

  30. Sounds more like a psychotic episode, usually triggered by stress. I think the guy’s a jerk, but that doesn’t mean I take pleasure in his health problems. Most of you are just as  ignorant and close-minded as the person you are criticizing.

    1. I can honestly say that I’ve never been so stressed out that I violently masturbated in public.

    2. I am just a bad member of society, I called bullshit on kony from day one, I dont watch glee and I dont own an Ipad.  I have a feeling that I may get sent to a FEMA camp for reprogramming any day now.

    1. Just finally, the distribution of views they have is rather interesting; that Mongolia and the DRC were providing as many views as countries like the US, Australia and the UK. Not suspicious at all

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