The Kony 2012 Controversy

The video’s 30 minutes long. If you don’t want to watch it, I can understand why. It is a disturbing video, and not least because it pinpricks a person’s conscience and makes you feel like you could do anything to help. In fact, the danger in this video would be the very easy way for you TO help.

What is the video about?

The video is about a warlord called Joseph Kony, who has terrorised Uganda for many years. He has terrorised Uganda for about 25 years, according to Wikipedia. His Lord’s Resistance Army has abducted countless children, turning them into sex slaves and child soldiers. His methods are brutal; often he forces children to kill their own parents and his soldiers will murder their neighbours and family members, forcing the children to serve him.

I would recommend watching the video and coming to your own conclusion. Personally, I have quite a few problems with the video, none of them are about the evilness of Kony and why he needs to be stopped. If you want to read them, click on the More tag.

A simple question: Why aren’t people who scream PROTECT THE CHILDREN ZOMG not raising the alarm about Kony? He abducts CHILDREN, for crying out loud!

The rest of this post will be about the way the video talks about Kony.

Or rather about this one, simple line.

“Not for self-defense, but because it was right.”

I have a lot of problems with this statement. Mainly, my problem is with thinking that sending your army, even parts of it, to “solve” their problem, smacks of colonialism. If you’re a Malaysian, and you support Kony, might I just remind you…

Resident Generals who “advised” our sultans.


6 thoughts on “The Kony 2012 Controversy”

  1. Oh, but don’t you remember, the Resident Generals who advised our sultans were responsible for the development of our fine country! They left behind their government systems and educational infrastructure and errrthing! /sarcasm

  2. Kate Green, Zombie Shooter

    (Ahem, your resident-general, not mine. There are parts of the country where colonization wasn’t really a negative thing — the Brookes had a very different policy from the general British government.)

    That said, have you seen the link LJ made to the ONTD Political Kony 2012 info post?

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