Okay, if $250 is too much, you can buy a cheap bracelet…only $10, but wait…want a special bracelet?…it will only cost you $30. Don’t want a bracelet…then how about a T-shirt?
Oh wait… have you watched the documentary? Cried a little? You might have even been very angry that such a man exist… Alright. So what do you know about Joseph Kony and the LRA? How about that Kony, is not actually in Uganda? at this moment, he could be ANYWHERE in the East African region. Oh yea, and those numbers of the children who are still child soldiers- exaggerated.
Ah but forget that! The documentary says that Joseph Kony must go…and so he shall, by you going to the Invisible children website and donating or making a purchase. By the time you check out, you have probably forgotten who Joseph Kony is, and child soldiers…wait what child soldiers. But as a college kid, or young white American, you feel REALLY empowered, and very good about yourself because you have “helped some poor children in Uganda”.
Allow me to break down Kony 2012 for you. A couple of years, some young Americans went to Africa and “discovered” that alas children in Uganda were being made into killing machines. They made a movie about it… it went rapid around campuses, and Invisible Children- the movie and organization became a humanitarian fad. However, as the years went by, these young Americans romanticized these Invisible children, and were emotionally stuck on Kony, refusing to move on. Kony became the IT guy. The villain, the new “World’s Most Evil man”. So what did these young men do… they decided that in-spite of the 26+ years of struggle, they would be the ones to end the reign of Kony,- all in one year!…. TA DA!
Now who wouldn’t want to give money to a cause that would bring the end to such an evil man? The marketing is sexy, and oh yea Russell and his team get to hold a gun and pose for a picture…. ( I think I am confused now- weren’t they supposed to be advocating against violence and guns? Hmmm but they pose with these “kids” and guns that make them look a bit like Rambo)
This actually might make one wonder… in the Lifetime movie about Russell and his friends, which actor gets to play him… I will vote for Brad Pitt especially if he has that perfect blond cut
anyways, enough about that.
In the last couple of years, there has been such a rise of the moral and virtue infatuation with White America. It is one thing to think that you are better off than the rest of the world, but quiet another to call yourself an expert of an issue even those living in the country have been tackling for 26 years. A kid decides to take a trip to Africa, makes a documentary about invisible children. Great! Okay, we support that. In that time, we needed the world to be aware that Joseph Kony was at large and turning children into killing machines. But what about after 2005 when the ICC, on 33 accounts of crimes against humanity, issued an arrest warrant for Kony?…. or EVEN…when in 2006, Kony met with a UN rep? Does Jason Russell really wants us to believe that people, those who know and understand these issues MUCH BETTER than him, did not know that Kony was a live, and he had committed crimes against humanity?
So fast-forward to 2012 and blond haired (assuming well intentioned) Russell decides that he will not rest until Kony is arrested. But wait, there is a catch…HE WILL BE ARRESTED IN 2012. Let us forget the whole ideology behind this foolishness…but really, in a couple of months, you are going to get TECHNOLOGY to track Kony down? Does it even matter that Kony and his cronies are not in Uganda? Even as the government of Uganda affirms that because of the documentary its going to do everything possible to capture Kony. You have to wonder, if Kony is not in Uganda, how is Museveni and his set of cronies going to arrest Kony? Better yet…How is Russell and his army going to really capture this man? I mean, about 26 years later, they still haven’t caught this man…but 2012 is the magic year. ( On a side note…I want to know what is magical about 2012)…maybe Russel could enlighten me on this.
Let us be fair…the film is IDIOTIC. Yes, it is said. it is foolish, it is insulting to the MANY Ugandan NGOs and individuals who have actually been doing work on the ground. In fact, it is disrespectful to every African who knows that this film is an ego booster and a moral check for Russell and his friends. Yes, they made Invisible children, and the hype has died down…so whats next… LET THE WORLD KNOW WHO JOSEPH KONY IS…except, the world already knows Kony.
Unfortunately, these self-proclaimed experts on Uganda have forgotten about Museveni. Where was Jason Russell when the youth were protesting around the elections in the country? Where was the Stop Museveni campaign? Does Russell and his associates really think that Museveni and his band of brothers did not know where Kony was? Did they not think that it was important to address the issue of Museveni, him being one of the worst undercover murderer and collaborator in many regional conflicts? What about rehabilitating the children who have managed to escape the fighting?
These “activists” and I really call them that in the lightest manner possible, are more harmful to progress in Africa. yes, the world needs to be AWARE…(such a sexy word), the world needs to know, but what happens after awareness? And what happens when you are making people aware the the LEAST possible facts possible?
It is rather sad, and even to a point disgusting, that people are eating up this PR stunt. Trust me, like many other social movements, this one will die down in a month (if we are even that lucky). What is disappointing is that even some African Activists are eating this bullocks up. They are swallowing this maniac attempt to boost an ego of washed up activists whose inability to move on has caused them to morally decide the fate of people they barely understand.
The video is moving. Truly. It is touching to the soul. Right music, right scenes….hey, how do you think Hollywood has managed to have so many blockbusters? But it is a sham. The movie makers either have no idea what is going on, or they do and they are completely misrepresenting the issues at hand. Either way, they need to stop the pretense, an face the fact that they are making a lot of money at the expense of children in Uganda and the Kony name. It is a good marketing campaign for all that its worth.
But I maybe wrong. I might be completely out of touch with those Ugandans who are pissed off because another white kid decided to be their savior. (sorry, diplomacy failed me there)… And off course jeopardizing the work of those in Uganda.
If I am wrong…maybe someone could enlighten me: How does buying a $250 kit, camping outside for one night, t-shirts and a bracelet, stop Kony, and get him arrested?