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KONY video elicits anger in Uganda

As a follow-up to my recent post about the KONY 2012 video, check out this video from Al Jazeera, which shows a group of Ugandans reacting to the KONY 2012 video. It paints a very different picture of the effects of this video. At first there seems to be confusion, and then outrage from the group of Ugandans. Many in the group were under the impression that the video would show more of what they had gone through at the hands of Kony, and expressed disgust at the idea of wearing his face on a t-shirt. They find it disrespectful and a mockery of the pain they’ve suffered.

How do we reconcile social activism with ignorance? Despite having the best intentions, did the KONY 2012 video compromise the integrity of victims in order to reach a wider viewership?

Watch the video and leave me your comments below!

Brittany MacLean is an International Area Studies major focused in Literature, Culture, and the Arts. She plans on pursuing a Certificate in Writing so she can simultaneously indulge her love of travel, writing, and literature. She believes that if you let the world change you, then you can change the world.




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  1. Anthony Drago says:

    I find this a very interesting point and something that really everyone neglected to even consider. The opinions of the victims of Kony’s crime seemed to fall by the wayside as the popularity of this movement grew. People are being raped and murdered and the Kony Video seems to almost idolize the monster who performs these acts. I get that the purpose is to spread awareness of the atrocities, but perhaps having the face of a serial murderer and rapist posted on every street corner is not the best way to do so. Also, with the video’s creator being arrested for public masturbation (http://www.nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/kony-2012-jason-russell-invisible-children-arrested.html?imw=Y&f=most-emailed-24h5) I am afraid that this movement might pass into the memory of popular culture. It seems that people are only interested in Uganda because of its popularity and once it is no longer national news it will be forgotten. It is genuinely shameful.

  2. Michael Leone says:

    The video is disturbing on many different levels. First, there is very little informational content. What do we learn about Kony, or the situation in Uganda? The filmmaker is more interested in manipulating its audience – teenagers and college students – to get them engaged. The whole campaign is an extremely callow and possibly offensive American take on an issue that is much more complex than the video portrays. The idea that wearing wristbands and putting up posters over an issue that is happening in a foreign country rife with eons-long socio-political conflicts is absurd. This video should be required watching in English 101 for its brilliant deployment of pathos.

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