Jason Russell’s “Kony 2012” viral campaign was one of the big news stories this spring—firs for its sheer popularity, then for the creepy anti-gay connections news sites were able to link to his group, Invisible Children.
Then, within weeks of the clip’s release the blond-haired savoir got a little loony and went on a bizarre naked rampage through the streets of San Diego before eventually getting arrested for vandalizing property and masturbating in public. After his wife released a statement saying his wild ride was a “brief psychotic episode” we never heard from Jason again.
On Sunday, Russell appeared on Oprah‘s Next Chapter to discuss his meltdown. During their chat, Oprah brought up the rumors that Russell is gay:
Oprah: There were all these rumors that you were gay… that you were running through the streets nude because you were gay.
Jason Russell: Yeah, I’ve heard those rumors…In the video I was snapping my finger up and down. I grew up in theater. My parents started a large children’s theater organization,o when you take me, times it by ten, I don’t know what was in my head but it was controlling my body and making me do really strange things.”
Given his connection to anti-gay groups, we certainly would like to hear Jason address his sexuality. But we’re a little bothered that Oprah makes the connection that we all thought he was gay because of his naked meltdown.
Oprah gurl, that’s not why we thought he was gay. Gay men don’t need to run naked in the streets masturbating to get laid. We have Scruff for that.
There’s plenty of non-psychotic footage of Russell that pings the ‘dar, like this clip from a talk he gave at Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty University—Russell pretty much outs himself with his slow-leak sibilant esses and talk of “making Hollywood musicals like Moulin Rouge and Chicago and Hairspray.”