The KONY 2012 film that’s been doing the rounds on the web has, understandably, caused outrage. It’s an exquisite example of emotion-porn and social-2.0 PR, quite rightly instilling anger into its audience. Anger that Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army can commit such barbaric acts.
There is no doubt that Kony and his ilk are extremely evil human beings. There is also no arguing that awareness is a good thing. However, as Grant Oyston points out, the KONY 2012 campaign itself, and those behind it, seem very eager to get rid of Kony. So much so that this non-profit spends most of its money on film-making (twelve of them) and awareness. And, perhaps most alarmingly of all:
The issue with taking out a man who uses a child army is that his bodyguards are children. Any effort to capture or kill him will almost certainly result in many children’s deaths, an impact that needs to be minimized as much as possible. Each attempt brings more retaliation. And yet Invisible Children supports military intervention.
The shocking thing to note here is that Invisible Children is supporting the Ugandan military, which has a far-from-spotless record of integrity itself. Yes, Joseph Kony is an extremely evil man—no-one in their right minds would deny that. But changing your profile picture, nonchalantly tweeting or supporting KONY 2012 isn’t exactly going to wipe him from the face of the Earth. Given that Kony isn’t the only one committing such atrocities, how can anyone believe that world peace can be achieved by means of a fucking wristband?