The co-founder of KONY 2012 apparently suffered from a Britney-level mental break and was arrested for drunkenly exposing himself in public last night. Oh, and of course TMZ has the video and it's been making the rounds on not only gossip sites, but even feminist site Jezebel, where everyone is being a jerk.
Since when is mental illness funny? People are so rude! I hate to be a buzz kill, but a guy doing erratic, naked speed-yoga on a sidewalk while cops try to contain him is sad no matter who it is. I don't care if you like his KONY 2012 video or if you think Uganda is just a fabulous new baby name, Jason Russell's psychotic break is not entertainment.
I deal with mental illness in my family. Sometimes it's hard to determine the line between their disease and their personality. I can't tell you how many times I've asked myself "is this mom's sickness or is she just being terrible?" It's like the third day of the stomach flu when you can't decide what's worse, hunger or the inevitable urge to barf if you eat. It's all bad, but better to err on the side of not stoking the fire, right?
I feel the need to protect this Kony creator because he reminds me a little of my brother who is also mentally ill. Does my brother put crazy things on the internet? Why yes! Manifestos about how much he hates garden bugs, as a matter of fact. But I would I come out swinging if he were being mocked during a mental break even if for some reason he became famous and ordered militias into sovereign nations.
Let's just turn away from this Jason Russell scandal. He's not a real celebrity anyway. Isn't a Kardashian doing something we can watch?
In lieu of showing the video of his public breakdown, let's have a retro revival of Leave Britney ALoOoOOoOoOOoNE. No, let's do the remix from '08. I like history.
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