Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Problems with KONY 2012 (Possible TW)

[WARNING! This article contains possible triggers and lots of rant-induced opinions. Don't say I didn't warn you.]

This is a recent trend, and an increasingly important one. Well, to the misinformed masses. The new film created by Invisible Children has taken the internet by storm, and has resulted in huge awareness and support. But alas! This is not as brilliant as one would expect.

Some will be asking: Just what the hells is it all about? Well, Joseph Kony is described as being a Ugandan warlord and the 7th most wanted man in the world. His war crimes are staggering, and he is well-known (now, anyway) of kidnapping children and forcing them to become either prostitutes and part of his "child army". According to Invisible Children (I.C.), he is currently hiding out in Uganda, and they are working with the Ugandan army to track him down.

There's just one teensy-weensy major issue: Kony has not been in Uganda for over six years. And that army? Infamous for their violent and sexual acts, such as raping and looting. And, if the photo below has anything to say, the owners of I.C. are not entirely professional about this partnership with the Ugandan army.

The creators of Invisible Children, with members of the Ugandan Army. Source
There are issues with I.C., too. Out of the $8.7 million spent last year, just over 30% went to direct services. Look at their public record of their funds if you don't believe me. I'll say now that they are a non-profit organisation. Yet most of the remaining 68% went towards salaries and funding yet another film. Their campaigns are idiotic to PETA-style levels. Abduct Yourself to Free the Abducted, anyone?

Their idea of stopping Kony is an issue, too. I.C. are supporters of military intervention, which is, without doubt, a stupid idea. Think about it: Kony uses an army of child slaves, who are trained to only obey him. International governments have had peace talks with Kony in the past, but the no success. AFRICOM have attempted numerous times to capture him. Heck, Obama sent troops on a mission to locate Kony last year. But if an army, such as the Ugandan army, take on Kony's "child army", then we may see many children dying instead of being rescued.

KONY 2012's impact on the internet-using masses is also quite scary. Just this morning, my sister said that she wanted a KONY 2012 wristband, to which I mentioned that I.C. were a terrible charity. I got called a "sick bastard", and she posted a rant about my "sick thoughts" on Facebook. Cute. Now, many non-charity companies have begun to sell merchandise 'promoting' awareness. The campaign is now nothing more than a bandwagon that makes people think that buying a wristband from a profitable organisation is being an activist. Well I got news for you, kids: The only thing that will promote is capitalism, and some of us don't want that.

Sure, Joseph Kony is a horrible individual who needs to be stopped, but KONY 2012 is just some pathetic attempt by I.C. to enforce the whole 'White-man's burden' shit and make huge profits. Which, I may add, will most certainly result in the employees of I.C. having a nice bonus whilst we all feel cheated. If you want to actually help, then donate to the International Rescue Committee, Africare, or the Catholic Relief Services. Which, if I may add, are all recognised as some of the most reliable charities involved with matters such as saving Kony's victims.


  1. Excellent. I'm glad I'm not the Only Person In The Universe who notices that saying AMG WE HAVE TO STOP HIM NOW is about as effective as rallying for the Vietnam War tomorrow. Kony has lost. He's starving to death and injured in the Congo. Peace deals are being set up (not helped along by the US army shoving its dick into everything like a retarded puppy, who really means well but is awful at the execution), and now it's just the picking-up-the-pieces part left over.

    Can we maybe focus our rage on say, what the Israeli government is doing to the people of Palestine? How about what the US special forces are doing to the people of the middle east - that is, raping women to bring down the morale of towns they are occupying? Maybe?

    Everyone's nearly fucking forgotten about it anyway. :|

    1. Thank you for the comment! I'm really glad that I too am not alone on this.
      I believe that, once everyone decides that the "Stop this Kony guy!" bandwagon crumbles, then action can be taken to issues like those you have mentioned, and also the Ugandan government in general, which is undemocratic to levels I thought impossible.

  2. Very insightful post. I think these last few months have shown just how hollow the idea behind Kony 2012 really was. It was merely another distraction in this world of pop-politics. Tomorrow something else will catch the attention of the masses and the real issues will continue to be over looked.
    There's an interesting Vertigo comic book from 2008 called Unknown Soldier, that explores the violence and chaos caused by the Lord's Resistance Army.