On Sunday’s episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN, #Kony2012 filmmaker Jason Russell recounted his very public, naked breakdown for the first time.
“I don’t know who that was. I look at that video and I think ‘How sad for him,'” Russell explained seven months after the incident.
In March, Russell’s 30-minute YouTube video urging viewers to help stop terrorist gang leader Joseph Kony became the most viral video of all time. Russell was thrown into the spotlight, but the newfound and unanticipated negative critical reaction proved too much to bear and he was videotaped having a naked breakdown on the streets of San Diego.
Russell was then taken to a mental health clinic, where he says it took two weeks for him to feel normal again, recalling: “I was so confused. I thought people were trying to kill me.” Doctors said the filmmaker had suffered a psychotic break.
When Winfrey asked the married-with-children Russell about rumours he’s gay, the 33-year-old explains: “I grew up in theatre, my parents started a large children’s theatre organisation, so I am animated, I am … theatrical. That’s me by nature. So when you take me, times it by 10 … .”
Watch Russell open up to Oprah about the breakdown below:
On accusations that he’s kept charitable donations:
“It was just hurtful, how do you respond to people who actually believe you’re just pocketing the money? What a terrible person you are in their eyes.”
Watch Russell on this morning’s “Today” show:
“My mind couldn’t stop thinking about the future … I literally thought I was like the future of humanity. It started to go to the point where my mind turned against me.”
As for how he’s recovering, Russell told “Today,” “It’s just been really spending time with my family, a lot of slowing down, yoga, therapy … It’s really been healing for the mind, body and soul.”
Russell’s organisation Invisible Children released their latest video today, stating #Kony2012 was “the start of an experiment and it’s not over yet.” Watch below:
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