Kony 2012 was one of the most instantly popular viral videos in the history of the internet, bringing tens of millions of views in within only hours of being posted on YouTube. If you’re unfamiliar with the video, it shows Jason Russell, the creator of Kony 2012, talking to his son about a wanted war and sex criminal, Joseph Kony, and calls for viewers of the video to help take action in capturing Kony.
The video and the efforts were all fine and dandy, but then Jason Russell LOST HIS DAMN MIND and ended up having a very public, very naked meltdown in the middle of a California street which took away a ton of his credibility as both a charity leader and filmmaker.
Ever since his breakdown (oh, did we mention that this entire thing was caught on video and posted on the Internet? Yeah, that didn’t help his case much…) Russell has been in hiding, but for the first time since the incident he’s doing an interview– And he’s talking about everything.
In a segment for Oprah’s next chapter, Jason and his wife sit down with the superstar interviewer to talk about what happened the day he lost his shit, and why he hasn’t pursued the Kony project since.
The interview doesn’t air until Sunday, but check out the first sneak peak of the hour-long segment below! Read more…