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Jason Russell, KONY 2012 Filmmaker, Addresses Naked Meltdown and Gay Rumors With Oprah Winfrey

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Seven months after he became a household name, Jason Russell is hoping to be a viral sensation once again – preferably with his clothes on this time.

After shooting to fame with the release of his film “Kony 2012” in March, which racked up 100 million YouTube views in less than a week, Russell eclipsed his own project just 10 days later when a video of his naked meltdown on a San Diego street corner exploded online. (Click here to see that video)

Now the controversial filmmaker is back with a new movie about the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, and he wants to set the record straight about his former flameout.

“It’s hard to explain if people have never had an out of body experience, but it really wasn’t me,” he told Oprah of his meltdown, in an interview for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired on Sunday. “That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked, is not me. That’s not who I am.”

Russell says the wild success of the video led him to feel intense pressure that caused him to break down.

“My mind couldn’t stop thinking about the future. I literally thought I was responsible for the future of humanity,” he told the “Today” show on Monday. “It started to go into a point where my mind finally turned against me and there was a moment where, click, I was not in control of my mind or my body.”

Though he says he only remembers a few details of his dramatic public episode, Russell believes he was trying to hitch a ride.

“I thought, ‘I have to get to New York in the next 12 hours.’ That’s what I thought,” he told Oprah. “’Because I have to stop the war.’ So I ran out to the front and I think I was trying to ask cars to take me to the airport. In my underwear.”

Russell says he has no idea why he was naked.

“It was just very out of control,” he told Oprah, showing her that he pounded his hands on the street so hard he actually dented his wedding ring. “I look at that video and I think, how sad for him.”

When asked if he was gay, he said he was simply “theatrical” and denied rumors that he had performed a lewd act during his meltdown.

“There were rumors of masturbation, but no one who was there ever said that that was happening,” he told Oprah, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m naked so it’s not a far extension of imagination that that would be happening but, no, I don’t remember any of that, and no one we knew there said that I was. I don’t remember anything except like a half-second. I don’t.”

Russell was later diagnosed as having a psychotic breakdown that caused temporary insanity, and says he has been doing yoga and therapy to recover.

“It’s hard for my wife to even talk about it still because it was so scary and traumatizing,”he told the Today show.

He says he’s going to be more watchful of his health this time around, as he promotes Invisible Children’s new film “Move,” which made its YouTube debut on Sunday. The film, which promises a behind-the-scenes look at KONY 2012, asks supporters to march against Joseph Kony on Washington on November 17.

“I don’t think anything can compete with the perfect storm of KONY 2012,” he said, “but we do hope that millions of people do see this next film and know that we’re still committed.”

 

What do you think? Is he being honest or doing his best to cover up a completely embarrassing story that may have impacted his KONY 2012 campaign of sorts. It’s hard to know because, as he said himself, he’s “theatrical”:

Hollywood Reporter - When Winfrey asked the married filmmaker about rumors he’s gay (“that you were running in the streets nude because you were gay”), he laughed, saying: “I grew up in theater, my parents started a large children’s theater organization, so I am animated, I am … theatrical. That’s me by nature. So when you take me, times it by ten … .” 

Jason Russell: Why the Kony 2012 Phenomenon Was Like a Tsunami

Within 24 hours of its release online, the Invisible Children documentary Kony 2012 had more than a million views. In a week, it reached 100 million. Filmmaker Jason Russell says that what started as a wave became a tsunami. Watch as he explains what was going through his mind when the film became a phenomenon.

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[VIDEO] I can’t sing Nicki Minaj: The MOST ADORABLE Little Boy!

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How flippin cute is this little guy? I would be the most ecstatic person ever if I had a child this adorable.

YouTube: I walked into my sister’s house and heard my 3 year old nephew, Dustin BAWLING in his room, after calming him down a bit, this was the reason for his tears!

And this is Dustin singing ‘Starships‘ by Nicki Minaj:

YouTube: My 3 year old Nephew, Dustin finally getting the chance to sing Starships by Nicki Minaj!

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[VIDEO] Movie 43 Trailer: This Movie Looks HILARIOUS!

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I can’t explain how excited I am to see this movie! Not only does it seem to be written incredibly well, it also has an all-star cast which includes: Emma StoneHugh JackmanNaomi WattsElizabeth BanksGerard ButlerKristen BellAnna FarisKate WinsletRichard GereUma ThurmanSeann William ScottJustin LongJason SudeikisJohnny KnoxvilleTony Shalhoub, and many more!

 

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(in alphabetical order)

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Will Carlough
Patrik Forsberg
Matt Portenoy (as Matthew Alec Portenoy)
Greg Pritikin
Rocky Russo written by
Jeremy Sosenko written by
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“We’re So Unique, We’re All The Same”: Hipster Disney Princess – THE MUSICAL

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Snow White, Belle, Cinderella and Ariel reveal their inner Hipsters! They’re so unique, that they’re all the same! ;)

Starring: Elizabeth Oldak (Belle), Tiger Darrow (Snow White), Molly Gallagher (Ariel) and Tanja Nagler (Cinderella)

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YOUR TRUE IDENTITY… 

JUST BE A HIPSTER 
AN INDIVIDUAL 
COME ON AND JOIN US 
DON’T BE A TOOL 

WHEN YOU’RE A HIPSTER 
LIFE SEEMS POETIC 
YOU LIKE YOUR BANDS HOT 
BEFORE THEY’RE COOL 

I TALKED TO BIRDS WAY BEFORE TWITTER 
LOVE EATING SUSHI! 
THAT’S IRONIC! 
GLASS SLIPPERS, UGH, SO BEFORE MIDNIGHT 
POETRY READING? WHERE’S MY INVITE? 
LIKE MY BRA, WELL, IT’S ORGANIC! 

THE BOOK WAS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE 
WE NEVER FALL, WE ONLY TUMBLE 
SEE WHEN A TREE FALLS IN A FOREST AND NOBODY’S THERE TO HEAR IT, YOU CAN BET WE’VE BOUGHT THE VINYL 

COME BE A HIPSTER 
WE GO OUR OWN WAY 
WE SHOP AT THRIFT STORES 
OR SO WE SAY 

YES, BE A HIPSTER 
A F*$&%ING HIPSTER 
WE’RE SO UNIQUE 
WE’RE ALL THE SAME

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[VIDEO] Deer Tackles Dude On Skateboard

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This video was posted to YouTube by thepapdog on September 29th, 2012. Apparently, this was at the 2012 Buffalo Bill DownHill and no one saw this coming…

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[VIDEO] Hilariously Epic Reverse Arm Wrestle Prank on Chick!

[VIDEO] Obama: 99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One (The Election remix)

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[VIDEO] Wasted European Chick Flashes and Drop Kicks Pastry Shop

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There’s really not much to say about this video, other than the fact that I definitely didn’t think she had enough strength in her current condition to pull this off…

[VIDEO] Samuel L. Jackson “WAKE THE FUCK UP” OBAMA AD 2012

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[VIDEO] Drive Thru Static Shock Prank: The New Coning, Also Much Better

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I loved the coning videos when they first came out, but this is by far the most genius prank that has been done in quite some time! What a clever prank with hilarious reaction!

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