KONY 2012 Screening in Uganda Met With Anger


The screening of KONY 2012 in Northern Uganda was not met with the appraise it got in America. Quite to the contrary, Ugandans were appalled by the “Make Him Famous” campaign that gave Joseph Kony superstar status. I perfectly understand what they mean. The definition of “famous” is having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature. Synonyms of “famous” are famed, notable, illustrious, celebrated, eminent, distinguished. One does not need to be a specialist in neurolinguistics to understand that the “Make Him Famous” campaign might be perceived by the brain in a perverse way. And the Ugandans are not fans of the merchandising. Also very understandable.

Facing this criticism, representatives of Invisible Children stated that KONY 2012 “was targeted to educate a younger Western audience”. In other words, the video was tailor-made to indoctrinate young gullible American and European kids (as we’ve seen in the article KONY 2012: State Propaganda for a New Generation) and no one else. Good comeback. Here’s an article from The Guardian about the screening.

Kony 2012 video screening met with anger in northern Uganda

Victims of the LRA slam film which went viral across world as not representing them and say campaign’s merchandise is offensive

It had been viewed more than 77m times around the world, but not by those who know the Joseph Kony best: his victims in northern Uganda.

That changed on Tuesday night when thousands flocked to watch Kony 2012, the video made by a US charity urging a grassroots campaign against the fugitive warlord that has gone viral.

The film was projected on to an ersatz cinema screen fashioned from a white sheet, held up by metal poles, in a town park. The reaction? Puzzlement, then anger, which boiled over into scuffles and stone-throwing that sent organisers fleeing for cover.

There was particular criticism of the Stop Kony campaign’s use of merchandise, such as bracelets and T-shirts, which victims said they find offensive.

“People were very angry about the film,” said Victor Ochen, director of a local charity, the African Youth Initiative Network (Ayinet), which arranged the screening. “They were all saying, ‘This is not about us, it does not reflect our lives’.”

Ochen said he had wanted to provide an opportunity for victims to see the film made by the charity Invisible Children, mindful that less than 2% of Ugandans have internet access.

The video, posted on YouTube on 5 March and narrated by one of Invisible Children’s founders, Jason Russell, had drawn the support of celebrities including George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but provoked criticism for oversimplifying the conflict and not making clear that Kony was driven out of Uganda several years ago.

Before sunset on Tuesday two metal rods were hammered into dry dirt and grass and a white sheet hoisted to create an open-air cinema in the mayor’s gardens in the centre of Lira, 220 miles north of the capital, Kampala.

Word about the “premiere” spread on local radio, drawing a crowd on foot and bicycle that grew over several hours and was estimated at more than 35,000 by Ochen, though others put it at more like 5,000.

The expectant, excited spectators, many of whom cannot speak English, included victims who have been left scarred and maimed by Kony’s atrocities.

But Ochen, whose own father and brother were abducted by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), said on Wednesday: “Reacting to the film, there was a strong sense that the video was definitely not produced for an African audience, and that it was not sensitive enough to the victims.

“It was very hurtful for them and their families to see posters, bracelets and buttons, all looking like slick campaign ads of the person most responsible for their shattered lives. One young man who lost four brothers and one of his arms said afterwards: ‘How can anybody expect me to wear a T-shirt with Kony’s name on it?'”

He added: “For all the victims, the attempt to make Kony famous so as to prop up public support for his apprehension is laudable but the way this goal is pursued in the video is inappropriate and ignores their feelings.

“That fame is not what Kony deserves for causing so much suffering was one overwhelming reaction. People were asking: Why give such criminals celebrity status? Why not prioritise addressing the plight of the victims whose sufferings are visible?”

The screening ended amid jeers and scuffles, with some angry viewers throwing stones. Ayinet has decided to suspend planning screenings of Kony 2012 in other parts of northern Uganda indefinitely due to the hostile reaction.

Emmy Okello, a radio journalist in Lira, said: “I cannot understand the intention of this video. It is difficult to account to us if you are not including local people. What has angered people is that the video is about a white person, not about the victims. All of them came here hoping to see video that tells their story.”

Okello Jifony, who was forced to fight under Kony for 18 months, told Reuters: “We expected serious action, Americans fighting Kony like in a real movie.”

He added: “Why didn’t they use the real victims in this film?”

On Wednesday there were calls in Uganda to ban the campaign’s “Stop Kony” T-shirts from entering the country. One caller to a radio phone-in said: “The government must protect us victims not only from Kony but also from things that hurt us like these T-shirts.

“And as people of northern Uganda we will not accept anyone to cross Karuma (a bridge across the Nile that connects north to central Uganda) with that T-shirt.”

Al-Jazeera reporter Malcolm Webb blogged: “One woman I spoke to made the comparison of selling Osama Bin Laden paraphernalia post 9/11 – likely to be highly offensive to many Americans, how ever well intentioned the campaign behind it.”

Kony, a self-proclaimed mystic, is wanted by the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

On Tuesday a Congolese general said Kony and other LRA leaders have been chased out of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the neighbouring Central African Republic and no longer pose a threat in his country.

General Jean Claude Kifwa, in charge of fighting the LRA in Congo, told journalists: “We have reduced the capacity of the LRA. For us it’s no longer an issue of defence. It’s a public order issue.”

The comment follows a complaint by nearby Uganda that Congo was obstructing its US-backed hunt for Kony.
– Source: The Guardian


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4 years 6 months ago

Their "god" is money. An idol, a thing, they created. They love it. They kill for it. They lie and cheat for it. They worship it. They deceive and manipulate for it. Money is their god. The god of this world is money. Something people made. God didn't create money. Humans would be fine if we traded and bartered. I have some apples I grew and you have some cattle on your farm land. I trade you some apples for some beef. Get it?

4 years 7 months ago
hello. no one will probably scroll this far down to read this. im an 'aware' Uganda who feels the need to enlighten the situation for you. Joseph Kony has not set foot in Uganda for 18 years now. He has however been terrorising our neighbours for a long time. When he initially went to Congo, the UPDF (ugandan army) followed him across the border, with the sanction of Kabila (then congolose president). However the western powers didnt want this and sanctioned Uganda and tried to try our president for war crimes. Reason for this being that the UPDF was also on the verge of destroying congolose rebels. Now as you all know, the silicone that makes the computer, tv, phone YOU are using is sourced from congo. but because congo is a 'war zone' it is illegal to trade with it. therefore the sillicone in your technology is "sourced" from… Read more »
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for your comment, myself as a South African also find the west to be culturally poor and find that they make use of naive gestures and feedback,

their culture driven by individualism…

we have 11 official languages…

there is a lot to be considered, and to be mindful of.

who can lead and preserve diversity, not sub cultures/fads and profits?

4 years 7 months ago

If you are not lying and and just some guy posting anonymously – why haven't you reported to every single news station you can get your hands on? You obviously have internet access. It seems like information such as that would be one of the most important things to be known, and not just anonymously posted as the bottom comment on an article from a site an extremely small demographic of people go to.

4 years 7 months ago

to the wired world?

you are seriously asking why i haven't informed the world. i have on this very site, but alas, just like i feared people like you are too prejudiced/stupid/racist to consider that an African can actually have something of importance or truthful to say.

your ignorance has unfortunately re-affirmed my own somewhat xenophobic (it means hating/scared of people from other countries) attitudes towards Americans that I have spent the last 5 years or so of my life trying to cast off.

Please before believing everything Oprah or Fox news tells you, try doing a bit of research for yourself. There is this great tool out there called the "internet".

Try utilising it, and your brain occasionally.

Jeff S
4 years 7 months ago

thewiredworld – as a visitor to the VC website, do you really think that if he sent his post to Fox, NBC, CNN, BBC, etc., they would start reporting "The Truth" all of a sudden? Why is he so hard to believe? Especially when his is more or less the same general story you'll get anywhere outside of propoganda media.

4 years 7 months ago

to the wired world

no im not lying. im a ugandan, but i lived in the uk for 15 years (not my choice, my my family relocated). as soon as i was old enough, i moved back to uganda nearly 3 years ago and would not live anywhere else if you paid me, especially america.

people travel, hard concept to get your head around, but try.

4 years 7 months ago

Thank you!

4 years 7 months ago
This MK Ultra thing is also very ancient.Its not something new. Psychotropics, neuromodulation,MDMA receptors, GABA receptors , Meu "U" receptors,adrenergic, serotonin , dopamine receptors……the ancients knew about mind control and delusional thought programming. In the rigveda , the mention of the mystical drink " soma" the drink of the gods is mentioned. Well it was ephedrine, tetrahydro "cannibol" or marijuana ( the drug of the cannibals or flesh eaters or the Shivites,rudraites) mixed with opium , which gave the ancient priesthood visions into the other realm. Similarly the vestal virgins of romans,the nauchni wallis ( dancing girls) of the Brahmin temples ,the sacred prostitutes of Amelia, mylelita or Venus,the androgynous priests of Judeophilstia who cut their own penises and ate them,the flagellates and whippers of the sacrificial deities spectra,the peuri or perfecti of the Gnostics ,the hangin priests of ancient Mexico who used to hook their backs on hooks and… Read more »
4 years 3 months ago
I always thought this campaign was strange. When I was in High School I first saw the Invisible Children movie and supported it whole-heartedly. Now, years later I'm in my last year of college and this Kony 2012 campaign pops up. At the time of the height of the campaign I didn't have internet access so I was out of the loop of the whole thing so when I started to see the advertising around campus for the Cover the Night Kony 2012 I was thoroughly confused. It looked like they were campaigning for Joseph Kony to become President and I thought it insulting that the slogan was "Make Kony Famous". Why was IC who knew the suffering this man brought upon those people in Africa trying to make him famous!? I put if off as a play on the words and it was to bring awareness about him, okay,… Read more »
4 years 6 months ago

Its all so annoying,really.its always help africa save africa and its really disgusting,it depicts us africans as handicapped people like we can't do anything ourselves,raise funds for africa donate to africa.sheesh most africans are capable of helping ourselves.we work we eat and feed ourselves.so they should stop showing only the parched and worst parts of africa alone they should start showing the beautiful parts too.we are not some charity case to be dealt with constantly

i seek the truth
4 years 6 months ago

The T Martin murder screams out a ritual killing as well as the racial division you mentioned. Anything that the celebrities campaign for sends of warning signals in my mind.

4 years 6 months ago
VC should explain Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case which is to try to create division through race and political ideology so it will have violent backlash when George Zimmerman gets a non guilty verdict so the Gov't can implement martial law through NDAA, gun control and blame free speech. Tracy Martin who is Trayvon's father is a Prince Hall Mason with Illuminati imagary all over his Facebook and it's highlighted on YouTube. Robert Zimmerman is the name of George Zimmerman and coincidentally there is a man named Robert Zimmerman who was elected to serve as a Democratic National Committeeman from New York and still holds that position. He was re-elected in 2004 and in 2008. He was also a Trustee of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of President Obama and worked for John Kerry and Al Gore's presidential campaigns. Then you have Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jessie Jackson who are also… Read more »
4 years 6 months ago

I didn't finish reading the article yet…so the part where you speak on making him famous I seen that someone posted that Diddy posted that on his and that was another reason for me not to take part in the campaign because that didn't make any sense and I started to question the whole Kony thing so I never watched the video….

4 years 6 months ago

watch this.. .http://www.wpix.com/news/blogs/lionel/
the one titled 'Phony 2012'

4 years 6 months ago

Read some stuff, and NYers who watch Pix11 10PM news faithfully, like me…Lionel just said that the only reason America gets involved with anything is if there is some financial benefit for us. He said that he had stated months ago that we were headed into Africa for their natural resources, and voila!…Kony2012, with Obama sending 100 (or 1,000?) soldiers to go look for him. Or, dig for more cell phone ingredients.

Just My Opinion
4 years 6 months ago

If they made the video with the intention of only Americans and Europeans watching it, they should have at least made one specifically for the Ugandans in order to prevent this anger and heartache. Not everyone has the same viewpoints of others.

4 years 6 months ago

Wish I had the time and resources, Id definitely run the "SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: THE RAPING OF MOTHER AFRICA" campaigning and mobilize the youth to have xray vision for this BS and take action. There's a war for the hearts, minds, and souls of our young ppl, they are the catalyst of change! Either they will change the world by falling victim to the agenda or free us all of it!'

Im in optimist, and humans fortunately are still, for the most part, are inherently good. The youth want a cause to stand behind, we have to give them a legit cause.

4 years 6 months ago

nice try government!


4 years 7 months ago

why are people mostly blinded by the first piece of info that hits their plate, none of this would happen if kids got off facebook and read something that is more important than what someone status is. Some call us the facebook generation

4 years 7 months ago

Why, WHY do we just give in to opinions just circulating around the internet? I believed the Kony video and now I believe that it's not really that great…I AM SO WEAK!

4 years 7 months ago

Al Jazeera <3 always delivering to us news that are free of any propaganda or bias

Jeff S
4 years 7 months ago

Is it? I pay attention to as many different sources as possible (when I'm interested in a topic), simply to see each angle of the propoganda. I would find it hard to believe al Jazeera is truly independent. In fact, I would venture to guess it is controlled by the same globalist forces CNN, Faux, etc., are.

4 years 7 months ago

The movy: A cry for help for children in terrible situations, in times of war.

Then mind-games, manipulation by adults!

Don't get powerless….

Support/save the children.

Choose for organisations as Warchild.

Donate! And save the children!

God bless Uganda
4 years 7 months ago

thank you VC for sheading light on this.

The second seal of Revelation is war, of which Christ says, "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. . . . For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. . . . All these are the beginning of sorrows"

Peace, wisdom and enlightment to all.

4 years 7 months ago

That first picture saddens me…

4 years 7 months ago

This is not suprizing, if a lady like lady gaga , being the classic American look a like, can bath in innocent blood through a satanic ritual, the same American and Westerners can create war lord in Africa. Then they can turn these war lords into star for their demonic elite purposes. Not suprizing but this video shows how rude it is and how people can use little poor Africans to fulfilled their agendas. Sorry Africans.

4 years 7 months ago
4 years 7 months ago

The backlash was so strong they had to discredit someone as a fall guy –


4 years 7 months ago

Ofcoure they won't stop printing and wearing the KONY merchandise, they could care less about the Ugandan people and it's NOT the Ugandan peoples interest at heart. It's absolutely strategically planned out like the guy said which is why they must continue on with the plan. You claim to be for the Ugandan people and what to help them yet they tell you what will and you say NO, this is what will be best for you! GTF out of here with that rubbish!! PROPAGANDA ONCE AGAIN!!!!

4 years 7 months ago

OMG! Check this video/story out on TMZ about Jason Russell!!!!


4 years 7 months ago

I just read an article about it! WTF is up with that??? Stressed? Drugged? Somethings real fishy about this whole deal….

seriously another en
4 years 7 months ago

I wonder what is happening at the moment in uganda at the moment (well in the last couple of days), that TMZ is happily showing a man in the middle of a breakdown in public to distact people. hmmm

4 years 7 months ago

Watching that banal 30 mins of lies really gave me a headache. Did anyone notice the ridiculous amount of subliminal messages flashed for micro-seconds? Everything from the number 0 encircled at the top of a triangle to represent the eye of Satan (that bastard) to a half Kanye West/another guys face; At that instant, the word "power" is quickly flashed. I guess we all know who Kanye was referring to as the one with the "power". For some obvious reason this made it into this film.