For the past couple of days, one name that has come up wherever you look it seems whether you intended to or not is Joseph Kony.
Who? Yes that was the same reaction I got when I first heard the name . But upon further reading I got to know that I knew him by face and his dastardly deeds not by name. Saw him in a news report by CNN two years ago I think, when it was reported he had crossed the Ugandan border into another country thereby evading the Ugandan military.
Well thanks to these two filmmakers I wont be forgetting this name anytime soon. These two gentlemen from Invisible Children have produced the most viral video of 2012 so far by making a documentary about the LRA’s (Lord’s Revolution Army) leader Joseph Kony with their main purpose being to highlight his atrocities against his own people.
The documentary aptly name “Kony 2012” has drawn an astounding 62 million + views withing the space of 3 days on youtube as I write this. Not even Lady Gaga has managed this feat. But that could be because of the kind of help they got in promoting their documentary. There are even rumours of the filmmakers involvement with Anonymous (The international network of hackers) to help them blast their message to millions around the world.
Celebrities like Oprah and P. Diddy have been flooding their timelines on Twitter promoting the video their followers after they themselves were bombarded in the documentary’s campaign drive.
But then something happened. Just as the video was racking up millions of views on youtube, the critics started their own campaign to discredit the documentary. One of the many points made against the video was certain factual inaccuracies like it getting Uganda’s location on Africa’s wrong. Another is that the documentary makers have failed to highlight the Ugandan army’s own crimes against their own people with documented cases of rape and terrorist behaviour from some within the ranks of the army.
For all you know the guy could be dead. But remember they said the same thing about Osama bin Laden and we all know how that ended.
I am yet to watch the documentary in full having seen bits of it on CNN and Al jazeera but I have beef with people obsessed with finding faults with the documentary completely disregarding the motive of the documentary all together.
“Kony 2012” aims to make Joseph Kony famous so the world’s divided attention can be focused if even briefly, on this man. It has managed to do that. Now, we all wait for what happens next.
HERE’S THE GROUND BREAKING VIDEO
ONE OF THE MANY CRITICS OF ‘KONY 2012’
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