Jumpin’ on the bandwagon…um, no thanks.

Okay, let’s one thing straight: Joseph Kony is an evil MoFo.

Now with that out of the  way, let’s get down to brass tacks: this “Kony 2012” web-vid that an organization called Invisible Children put out on YouTube and Vimeo earlier this week which now has 32-MILLION + views. This video is nothing more, in my opinion, than a propaganda campaign to separate you from your money by tugging at your sense of decency and outrage at the things that have been going on in Uganda for the last several years.

Instead of just blindly getting on the bandwagon about this issue, I decided to do a little research, and this is what I found out–

ITEM1: any money you donate, only 31 percent of it actually goes to stopping this piece of merde called Joseph Kony. Most of it goes to the people who run Invisible Children, and to travel and film making expenses. (1)

ITEM 2: The events that everyone is all up in arms about, thanks to this little piece of propaganda, have been happening there for a long time. Where was the outrage then? Why now is this issue coming to light? And, is it too little, too late?

Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist specialising in peace and conflict reporting, said: “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible”. (2)

By the way, the Italics in the quote are mine.

If you want to help out, then by all means, go ahead. It’s your money, not mine. Just research the entire thing before deciding to donate anything. The Red Cross, for example, donates the majority of donations to the causes they support. Just because Invisible Children put out the video, doesn’t mean that you have to give them your money.

Do your research before you donate…not just for this, but for anything, be that tsunamis in Japan, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, or earthquakes in Haiti, or whatever.

Invisible Children website has more information about what they do. Take it with a grain of salt.

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I’m Stef and this is where it’s @ !~

(1) http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/18909727859/on-kony-2012-i-honestly-wanted-to-stay-as-far

(2) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9131469/Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film.html

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One thought on “Jumpin’ on the bandwagon…um, no thanks.

  1. It always feels good to be a part of something bigger than yourself. But most people lost the ability to think when they’re filled with so much emotion provoked by a staged video. It is amazing how the video got so viral, but it is even more astounding to find that so many people are so quickly to be convinced after watching a 30 min video which looks like it took a lot of money to produce. To each their own, I guess.

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