Jason Russell Supporters Take to the Streets… Naked
By Kevin Dukelow
In what Kony 2012 supporters assumed was a slick campaign stunt, many of Jason Russell’s fans have taken to the streets… naked. Hundreds of Thousands of Kony 2012 followers have gone outside, naked and pounding the pavement like enraged gorillas.
Many of their neighbors were shocked to see the people they recognized and loved standing before them naked and flailing their arms around like chimpanzees in the early morning hours. Many of the protesters said that the protesting made them hungry and they felt like eating Coney Island hot dogs.
“It is amazing how much control these viral videos have over people’s lives and how they react so strongly to these videos,” says Marty Smith who watched his teenage son take to the streets in protest. “If Jason Russell can bring attention to this issue and lead an army of followers who will react so passionately to all of his viral videos, I think that he’s got something here.”
Many are branding Russell’s new form of protest “jacktivism”, apparently because his fans are so jacked up for change.
“Something was definitely up,” said one police officer. “It looks like hunger strikes have gone the way of the dodo.”
One Kony 2012 supporter, a teen blogger, was willing to speak with us, saying somewhat offensively that “she feels good standing naked like the Africans that Kony exploited, you know, like the ones in the nature videos and stuff,” and that she, “also liked the video of the cat playing piano, and Rebecca Black’s train wreck.”
Noam Chomsky called this blogger’s statement offensive. “These bloggers obviously have no idea about the colonialism that took place in Uganda that sparked the violence. All they know about is a flashy video. They do know, however, that this new video will be awkward to explain to Russell’s son who will most likely say, ‘we have to stop my crazy daddy.’”
Jason Russell could not be reached for comment, but his followers are obviously pumped and out showing their support. Just look out your window today and you may see an ocean of white flesh not seen since the first rain at UC Santa Cruz.
Kony 2012 decided to show the new videos to Ugandans, many of whom had never seen a You Tube video. They chased the filmmakers to the planes and made sure they left, “in no way reminiscent to the famous scene from Indiana Jones,” one Russell supporter said.
Despite the recent controversy, many have to ask why the media has done so little to report on atrocities like the Darfur and Rwandan genocide, the conflict in the Congo and the child armies in Uganda.
A CNN spokesperson provided us with the answer. “Hey, do you want to see Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley or Chris Matthews run out into the public square naked after reporting about atrocities in Africa? I didn’t think so.”