Joseph Kony 2012: Be Honest, Had You Even Heard Of This Guy Before This Week?

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If you're like us, you've probably absolutely had it with Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony -- we're not talking about his army of child sex slaves (which, of course, is horrible), we're talking about the seemingly endless Kony-related posts on Facebook and other social media forums.

The NGO Invisible Children has successfully made Kony the most famous person on Facebook (this week, anyway) in an attempt to spread the word about the atrocities for which he's responsible (the roughly 66,000 children he's abducted and forced to fight in his "Lord's Resistance Army," the displacement of more than two million people as he's wreaked havoc across Uganda, etc.).

The problem, however, is that this is nothing new -- Kony's been at it for nearly three decades and already has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The only difference now is that he's currently famous amongst Western 20-somethings, who spend more time dickin' around on Facebook, impotently chiming in on world issues, than they do participating in things that could actually result in any sort of positive change.
In other words, "liking" "Kony 2012" makes about as much difference as "liking" "Snooki's" upcoming pregnancy,

Yet, everybody's doing it; so we want to know, New York -- and be honest -- had you even heard about Joseph Kony before Joseph Kony 2012 dropped on Tuesday?

Cast your vote below.
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Danny
Danny

This article is missing the big picture view. I am aware of Joseph Kony because of vital swell that the video created. I was not aware before. That ALONE is the world of difference!

Christian Church Pastor
Christian Church Pastor

This movie is a good awareness campaign.  I was shocked to learn his religious beliefs. How could a man use the name of Christ in such a terrible way?

Prp134
Prp134

Let me get this straight? We should all just ignore kony for a few more decades for fear of being accused of jumping on an a humanitarian bandwagon?!? Is that what he is trying to say?

guest
guest

this author is an idiot 

VonD
VonD

I've heard of Kony and he's a monster. Uganda should have captured and tried him at the International War Crimes Tribunal a long time ago.

Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold

Hey cynical douchebag... You call yourself a journalist? Did you even watch the video and do any research? They have been at this for a bit of time and are now trying to make the atrocities known to more people so that something even MORE substantial than just getting 100 American troops on the ground—a feat which had never been done before, I might add. If more people reach out to their governments around the world maybe more troops will be put on the ground and maybe then this man will be captured.

One last thing... maybe you should try doing something more in this world than just attempting to tear down people that are actually trying to make a difference in this world.

Shame on you... and on this rag for hiring you.

JohnK
JohnK

Are you saying that increasing the awareness of an atrocity is a bad thing?  Don't be so upset people are jumping on a bandwagon to stop a warlord.  Some people may stop at just liking the video and do nothing else to help the cause, but maybe 1% will take action.  And that's tens of thousands of people.

Jacob Karolev
Jacob Karolev

Well, college kids are too poor and self-absorbed to adopt African children en masse like Angie or Madonna, so this is a way for them to assuage their liberal guilt while not actually contributing. Or maybe they think Kony'll check Facebook and go 'Gosh darn, once the page hits 500k likes Ill go turn myself into the ICC!'

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