In the beginning there was Ghyslain Raza, the Star Wars Kid. Then came Aleksey “Impossible is Nothing” Vayner, whose video résumé ballroom danced, downhill skied, and benchpressed its way into the stuff of viral video lore. And now, just maybe, there’s Jason Russell, the impeccably coiffed, furtively proselytizing leader of Invisible Children, the San Diego based nonprofit whose slick Kony 2012 “experiment” has become the fastest spreading viral video in history.
As of this writing, the video has tallied over 81 million views on YouTube alone. Alleged video (yeah, probably NSFW) of Russell epically melting down on a street in the Pacific Beach neighborhood may not have anywhere near as many hits as the Internet film heard ‘round the world. But the raw footage, which reportedly shows an erratic, naked Russell howling incoherently and spanking the asphalt, stands to go damn near as viral as IC’s short on the plight of Ugandan child soldiers.
What happened? Did the Internet just ruin Jason Russell’s life?
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