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March 17, 2012

{Update} Jason Russell, mastermind behind KONY 2012—biggest viral cause video in history—detained.

…For “masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something” (nbcsandiego.com).

Update: more video, via What.

This is Sad. Not Fun, not for our Entertainment.

This isn’t the kind of story we here at elephant enjoy or care about except to the extent that is shows the strain and pain of fame.

This is, perhaps, where meditation can help with stress and confusion and the pressuare of sudden fame. It’s not Buddhist, or anything. It’s just a simple tool, akin to prayer, that helps us connect more directly to goodness and now and being grounded in our genuineness.

So, with a sigh, let’s hold some compassion and sadness for Mr. Russell, that he may recover quickly. He obviously has immense potential to be of benefit, so I hope he can get back to that quickly.

For KONY 2012 coverage, positive and critical, click here.

So suffice it to say that he was acting out, high on something, naked, and feeling pretty effing good by the looks of it.

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.

“Journalist Barry Malone, who covers Africa for Reuters, reports on some amusing confusion sparked by the arrest of Kony 2012 mastermind Jason Russell.”

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Video, if you care:

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