Joseph Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. He proclaims himself as a man of God and has been visited by spirits. He is responsible for abducting children in the night and forcing them into becoming child sex slaves or soldiers. It is estimated that Kony has abducted over 66,000 children.
The main niche the Invisible Children Organization used to get people involved was targeting young people, thinking that they would become united behind a cause and would push the US government to put more resources toward helping hunt down Kony.
Unfortunately, they united too soon. The story hit the Facebook pages of CMHS students in March when the Kony 2012 campaign wasn’t supposed over until April. So the attention span of the young brain came and went like a wind-carried grocery bag by the time April 20th rolled around. Many people at Mesa didn’t even realize the cause they were once so passionate about had already come and gone.
The Kony 2012 Facebook page was flooded with comments about the stupidity of Kony 2012. Many of the comments pertained to how the campaign was more of a fad and how people were uninformed of the critical facts.
Many critics of Kony 2012 have also pointed out the fact that Kony is no longer in Uganda. The LRA has left Uganda and is now in countries that do not have as many laws as Uganda, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan.
Further fuel was added to the fire when Jason Russell, creator of the Kony 2012 video, suffered a mental breakdown where he walked through the streets of a neighborhood naked, masturbating and pounding his fists on the sidewalk. So this further adds to the questioning of the legitimacy of the Kony 2012 campaign.
Even though Kony was the main topic of many conversations in March, when it came time to actually act in April, people forgot about it or realized how corrupt the whole thing seems. Personally, i was for it but when April rolled around Kony was the last thing on my mind, Kony 2012 was really just a big waste of time.