After a video of Jason Russell in a nude rant at a San Diego intersection went viral, there was immediate speculation online that the KONY 2012 filmmaker was gay.
So when Russell appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter on the OWN network Sunday (7 September), host Oprah Winfrey asked Russell if he is gay.
‘Yeah, I’ve heard those rumors,’ Russell said. ‘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, so I am animated. I am theatrical. That’s me by nature. So 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.’
Police arrived on the scene but no charges were filed against Russell. He spent six weeks in a care facility and maintained a low profile until his interview with Winfrey and other media outlets.
The incident seven months ago came in the weeks after his KONY 2012 film about alleged Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony became a YouTube sensation garnering one million views in 36 hours. It now has been seen over 100 million times.
Russell, 33, is married and the father of two children. He is creative director of Invisible Children,the organization he founded with two college friends in 2004.