Kony 2012 video! Child soldiers! Change your Facebook status to save Uganda! That's what the internet was all like this week. And, depending on the slow heat-death of your morals (or your internal bullshit detector), you were either moved to tears by the plight of child soldiers in Africa, or you saw a bunch of white people holding guns and trying desperately to look tough.

Well, as H.L. Mencken once said, "Even the most noble of intentions ends with public masturbation." [citation needed] Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell was detained in San Diego on Thursday vandalizing cars and masturbating in public.

Now, he wasn't arrested per se, but detained on the classic 5150 section of California Penal Code, meaning authorities can hold Russell for up to three days to determine if he represents a threat to himself or others. 

Naturally, the company has opted for the evergreen "exhaustion" excuse. 

"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."

So. Now it's Internet Analysis Time. Here goes.

Sadness. Imperialism. High hopes. Sanctimoniousness. Horn-rimmed glasses. Tragedy. Child soldiers. Carl Weathers. Facebook. Internet. New media. Exhaustion. Fin.

And that's why they pay me the big bucks, folks. Anyway, all I'm taking away from this is that the next time I'm naked, drunk, and waving my penis at traffic, it's not because I'm a pathologically attention-seeking rageaholic with a tenuous grasp on personal hygiene, it's because I've been working really hard.

Commentarium (5 Comments)

Mar 16 12 - 7:17pm
Loli

Watching the video of him in action before his arrest slapping the pavement and being very NUDE... It looks like he is having a rather horrifying mental breakdown.... I might actually believe the exhaustion thing.

Mar 17 12 - 10:01am
C

Sounds like he snorted a whole bag of exhaustion.

Mar 17 12 - 11:54am
Loli

jajajaja ok good point

Mar 17 12 - 11:16am
ABC

While the Kony video is misleading and oversimplified, and although Russell comes across as very annoying and a bit vain, Jason Russell has good intentions. I've dealt with mental illness all my life, and I really do believe he just lost it. I don't know whether his recent fame caused his breakdown or if he has a preexisting condition. I do feel sorry for him - no one would want this public humiliation. And at least Invisible Children acknowledged that Russell was hospitalized instead of ignoring the news.

Mar 17 12 - 1:48pm
JH

"The path to hell is paved with good intentions!"