Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LA TIMES: 'Kony' creator Jason Russell flooded with notes of support

'Kony' creator Jason Russell flooded with notes of support

Jason Russell

Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell, who created  the viral "Kony 2012" video, has been flooded with notes of encouragement and support since his bizarre encounter with police last week.

The organization's chief executive, Ben Keesey, said in a statement that the "messages and encouragements and notes people sent us last ... have been incredible."

He said some of the messages have said "We're standing with you" and "We're in your corner now more than ever."

Keesey said "these last two weeks have been tough" as the video received global attention and millions of views.

He said the pressure "was hard for all of us, but it was especially hard for Jason because the story was so personal for him and his family. That pressure took a serious toll on him, and unfortunately the whole world saw that."

Russell, 33, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by San Diego police after neighbors reported him running naked in the streets of the Pacific Beach neighborhood, pounding his fists on the sidewalk and shouting incoherently. Police took him to a mental health facility for observation.

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