Criticism from Africa: Ugandans' Reaction to #Kony2012 Campaign
"It's not a slacktivist thing...when actually it's not at all...its actually really...its connected to a really deep, thoughtful, very intentional, and strategic campaign"
"We wanted to see our local people [in the film]...these are all white men!"Yes, indeed they are.
|Cover art for the Jose Ph. Kony Mixtape|
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Yet More Criticism from Africa: Ishmael Beah
If you want to become a change-maker...you've got to be willing to dig into the complexities...of the places you're interested in making a change....If you aren't interested in the geographies and complexities of it to know that it isn't black and white...then I think you have no business in being a change-maker. It's not an easy thing you can do - feel good about it today and then tomorrow you forget about it.
Hitler's Outrage over Kony's Impunity
Hitler even has a response to Kony's two and a half decade-long escape from international attention, and it isn't pretty. If Hitler cares for the invisible children, you should to. I'm sure he will be wearing the IC t-shirt soon enough.
"We need to stop Kony with hardware – with military hardware in this case. We're on a mission, we need to stop Kony." (Guardian)
Even MORE criticism from Africa: #Uganda2013
"...harness the creative energies of Ugandan filmmakers, photographers, activists, writers, poets and artists to tell the REAL story of Joseph Kony’s tragic legacy in Northern Uganda and document the work of many amazing Ugandans who have worked tirelessly to rebuild the region." (#Uganda2012)The film will be released April 18th. The second part will be the creation of a website that allows Ugandans to tell how they are working for "positive social change" - without the help of an American NGO run by an all-American board. To clarify any misconceptions about their objectives, #Ugandan2012 states:
"If you help fund this project we will not send you a t-shirt. We will not send you a bracelet. We will not ask you to vandalize your city with the face of a mass murderer. What we can promise you is that we will tell you the real story of Kony and the child soldiers. Plus we guarantee that 100 percent of the money pledged will go to Ugandans on the ground."(#Uganda2012)
Don't you love their cynicism and truthfulness? I do! Anyways, they've got my support.
Comedy's Response to the Kony Campaign
And Finally, Some More Criticism from Uganda