KONY 2012 Screening in Uganda Met With Anger

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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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Sherron
Sherron

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?

anyone
anyone

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 Rwanda, a nation that trades sillicone 900% ( YES 900%) than is found in it's soil. It does this by stealing from congo, and selling to EU and America. If congo was allowed to trade, then they would do so with China and India directly and thus help thier ppl.… Read more »

LilNugget
LilNugget

Thank you!

TheWiredWorld
TheWiredWorld

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.

anyone
anyone

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.

anyone
anyone

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
Jeff S

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.

theGun
theGun

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?

Yosan
Yosan

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 were strung by ropes and made to go in circles,the genital mutilators of kabar……all those people who were made to go over their pain threshold in order to seek Diety….went through the same procedure of psychic dissociation, implantation of new personas and multiple personality disorder….just that back then, when the… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

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, it seems understandable as to why so many people supported it now. But after reading this article and finally WATCHING the video and after all the reports on naked Russel going crazy in public, and then finally that video of Sanyu who revealed how misleading the Kony campaign was and… Read more »

laden
laden

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
i seek the truth

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.

MistaX
MistaX

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 Prince Hall Freemasons having protests to fustrate people.

Jasmine
Jasmine

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….

bex
bex

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

bex
bex

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
Just My Opinion

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.

openyoureyesncloseyo
openyoureyesncloseyo

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.

vc-er
vc-er

nice try government!

*trollface*

V
V

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

Justliving
Justliving

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!

Medina
Medina

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

Jeff S
Jeff S

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.

lia
lia

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
God bless Uganda

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.

Illuminati Agenda
Illuminati Agenda

That first picture saddens me…

Crystal C
Crystal C

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.

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

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

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/kony-2012-jason-russell-invisible-children-arrested.html

Jossy
Jossy

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!!!!

Mgine
Mgine

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

http://www.tmz.com/2012/03/16/jason-russell-video

Era
Era

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

seriously another en
seriously another en

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

excalibur
excalibur

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.

Bluebarn
Bluebarn

I meant to write "past commentator".

Bluebarn
Bluebarn

I have no idea what happened to a past poster over here, Yomael. He just vanished. Has anyone heard of his whereabouts?

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

In one of his past posts, he said something that led me to believe he was going to go study with Native American shamans. Haven't seen anything from him since.

ILLUMI-NATION
ILLUMI-NATION

the correct definition is INFAMOUS- it means to be made famous by wrongful means.

"VANNO IL FAMOSO"!!!!!

Be more open-minded
Be more open-minded

is dude real

anony
anony

i have no idea why… and i'm not racist… and i don't believe it my right to judge people on the looks that God blessed them with… but am I the only one thinking there's something completely off about the very neat, well-dressed, white, dumb blond guys behind this? (no offense to white blonds…!) PR campaigns need to *look* good too… it's like the stars for the movie were also chosen based on looks. it doesn't fit. real activists don't look spoilt.

PapierVersnipperaar
PapierVersnipperaar

The african people from what I understand realy arren't waiting for all this attention

infact there was an ongoing peace dialogue before the ICC started procescuting, there after

all peace talks ceased.

From what I heard, the African's only concern is to get their lost children back, these people

in those dwellings don't have jails, they have a court that is very different then ours it's the mato oput

ceremony.

''returning members of the Lord’s Resistance Army and their victims together drink the bittersap of the oput tree so as to leave the sourness of the war behind them. ''

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/HRightsDef/

This is not about peace… at all, the African people only want the Lra to come out of the bush and leave the hate and anger behind, remember the LRA are mostly their children.

Lola
Lola

Shouldn't they have used infamous rather than famous?

C
C

I have seen the movie Thrive and I heard it was part of the "agenda" and to make a movement like Kony 2012. They talk about the secret societies and a lot of other stuff like they are on the "good" side. Has someone watched it? I would be nice if VC could make an artcile about it. The poster for it has one eye hidden and they have that "A ok" hand signal. I would really like if someone could shed some light on this. A lot of people are watching this movie and they should know what it's really about. Especially when it looks so convincing.

Thanks!

iCanSiClearly
iCanSiClearly

AFRICOM will not succeed in Africa, and will not hold us to ransom. besides they are hundreds of "Kony's" all over Africa, will they go after each one? There's always a motive, especially since as most people have pointed out, Uganda has recently discovered oil.

Thanks a million VC

Stay blessed.

sister soul
sister soul

Why do americans think they are the saviours of the world when they have so much corruption on their own doorstep? and why do the majority of americans support this kind of nonsense without question? have they no common sense? The people behind this have no love for africans, they are just after their natural resourses. "Kony 2012" indeed, just makes me feel sick knowing the games they play.

Lola
Lola

Finally! I did not want to point that out but I am glad the Ugandans did their job!

It's a shame giving so much credit to those warlords.

Jaxie
Jaxie

the first time I read about kony on vigilant, I thought that people were praising him.. It took me time to realise that this is to stop him.. I mean really ''Kony 2012''???? Does that sound like a campaign to stop him??? It doesn't to me. On the outside it looks like ''they'' want to 'stop' him but behind the scenes I think the illuminati are actually 'praising' him, I mean with t-shirts and everything written ''Kony''.. How about ''stop Kony'' hmm?? Anyone??

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

You are right, it sounds more like a campaign slogan. Maybe Invisible Children is Kony's Super-PAC.

Angela
Angela

When I first read it, I thought he was running for president. Who knows what the elite have up their sleeves… *eyeroll*

Nikki
Nikki

Oh, and I can't stress this enough.

Africa is a diverse continent containing many different countries and cultures.

Here in South Africa life is quite normal, we commute to jobs in the morning, have dinner with our families, go to clubs, have BBQ's etc There is a lot of poverty, crime and our AIDS stats are through the roof, but these are issues that OUR government needs to deal with. Likewise with Uganda, Kony is their problem. Unless they send out an invitation for help, leave them alone!

Not all of Africa is constantly in need of foreign aid.

now i know
now i know

ya its like there has always been this need to THINK ON BEHALF OF AFRICANS by the westns… trust u me its a big sign of personal interests pursued in the name of charity… they must go back to where they came from.

Angela
Angela

I have been to south africa and I have to say, you do have a beautiful country!

I wish people would actually talk to Native Ugandans before they decide this is a good cause. In all honesty, they want us there just as much as Iraq wants us there. If they needed our help they would have called out for it back in the 90s when this was a real problem.

Angela
Angela

And you know what? I think this whole "Africa needs fixed thing" just stems from racism. In the back of their minds they don't think Africans can handle their own. Like they are less of a person or something. Maybe I'm crazy but that's just what I see.

locust
locust

There are 2 aspects to this 'experiment'. The obvious one is building public support for increased military aggression in and against Africa, in order to steal yummy resources (coltan, for instance). People are sick and tired of the insane and DAFT war to forever prevent future terrorism by military means, so military aggression must be re-packaged and re-marketed as humanitarian efforts to stop some bad guy who may not even be alive anymore. The other aspect is the manipulation of the internet and of the people who use it. The internet is too big and diverse to control, so we have this experiment to see how fast propaganda can grab hold of people's emotions (find Edward Bernays, under "Read This First" at top of this page). Beware. my friends. of sudden 'popular' movements – the propaganda trick is to start something, pushing people's emotional buttons, using that to justify some new obscene aggression, and all before people have time to sit back and think it through. After all, we can't be experts on everything, there just isn't time. We must rely on others for information, and KONY is a perfect example of how to present only certain (even inaccurate info)… Read more »

Nikki
Nikki

Good post, I agree totally.

I'm trying to figure out what's worse… having total faith in one's government and what they tell you, or supposedly having a choice in what to believe in on the internet? I guess one thing people always expect is that the information being given to us comes from a friendly and reliable source.

Not everyone in this world wants peace and will twist the truth to get what they want…

Yosan
Yosan

Similarly the tri symbol in vc's main post on kony 2012 the symbol of peace, the inverted cross in a circle….is the same male in female symbology.. The little wrist band , with the string….with kony 2012 emblazoned on it…. Is yet again a totem to be worn on the wrist. These bands which people used to tie on hands are called "rakhis" in India , we're always there to seal the bond between lovers, brothers and sisters .A form of sympathetic magic.. Even Sargent majors in British colonial times to the present day and in common wealth countries wear the same wrist band….a seal of loyalty… The same bands were worn by the priesthoods of the ancients…. The symbology of the string or male or serpent, piercing a disk…a circular oval shaped artifact or the female…..is the same sex magic in totemism . Imagine people chanting kony ….wearing kony 2012 pendants (trinklets)on their wrists….red t shirts with inverted triangles….. Why if only the priests of Venus were to be brought back to the 21 rst century, they would join the protests thinking this is a religious pilgrimage of people to the temple of Venus….as all the symbology is there.… Read more »

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

"Twin Pillars" – The first thing I thought when I saw the name "KONY" was KO-NY – Knock Out New York. I posted on the recent CIA article here that I don't believe in the "controlled demolition" theory of 9/11 because I happened to be on the Staten Island ferry that morning and saw the plane hit the second tower. I also worked in downtown Manhattan and saw (and smelled) the wreckage for months after, and that was not a nice, clean demolition. I trust my own senses, and I don't doubt the evidence of HOW the towers were brought down. But I am willing to admit that there may be a WHY behind the scenes of which I have no knowledge. And it does seem strange to me that a symbol of the sacred double mountain/axis mundi was brought down so spectacularly. Modern humans seem to hate and fear the archetypal level of life, avoiding consciousness of it at all costs, and I thought that that was at least part of the reason for its destruction. It was a monumental and highly visible solar temple in one of the important cities on Earth and a reminder of humanity's religious… Read more »

Yosan
Yosan

The breaking of the pillar is a symbolic worship, just like the breaking of the sword or Matka(water vessel). The cutting down of the phallic lord….Adonis, Bacchus, sabazius, osir,Dionysus. At the rituals of mourning, , the phallic statues were broken down by hammers and mournings began, with self inflicted pains and corporal mortifications. The women wailed for the "wailing one" and beat their chests or cut their hair. The men whipped themselves to collapse…after which oils was applied to the wounds and black clothes worn by the injured. Woman and men used to run naked in the streets, and hitting anyone they saw.. We also see the same ritual , in which phallic statues were smashed to the ground… Thrown from tall buildings into streets or drowned under the sea… The whole concept of cutting trees….was also a religious worship, where the god was cut down into pieces and from the pieces something new was fashioned. From the old new….from the death the resurrection. This dualism extends to all pagan worship… Where there is always a sacrifice of a fowl, animal or human….and at the same times lustful orgies are initiated….from which new life comes to earth.Both the destruction of… Read more »

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

Running naked in the streets to the point of collapse – hmmmmmm…

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/kony-2012-ja

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

Dude was arrested in San Diego, and supposedly the whole KONY 2012 campaign started there. San Diego is one of the places said to have had an MKULTRA programming center. There are several military bases there.

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

RE: "The whole concept of cutting trees….was also a religious worship, where the god was cut down into pieces and from the pieces something new was fashioned."

Reminds me of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree –

http://jewishchristianlit.com/Texts/ANEmyths/gilg

I've read an interpretation of the tale where the chopping down of the primordial tree was symbolic of the process of civilization. Forests make houses and furniture. And The Lorax movie just came out last week, about cutting down trees. From Illumination Entertainment.

Truth Teller
Truth Teller

@Fleurdamour: I’m not sure I understand why you discount the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers, as well as WTC Building 7. Everyone watching the news at the time witnessed the second tower being hit by a plane (I was in my 10th grade Economics class taking an exam and I’ll never forget how my teacher ran out and brought the TV in so we could all see the coverage as it happened); however, that has no bearing on whether or not they were brought down by implosion. There are so many things glaringly wrong with the theory that the Towers “collapsed” because of impact damage or melting steel. The Towers were built to withstand such impacts and the actual temperatures within the building (at the point of impact) were never hot enough to melt the steel. But somehow, both Towers (all 110 stories) managed to collapse in a matter of seconds? “Collapsing” buildings of that height and magnitude would have caused severe damage to the surrounding area and buildings within the WTC complex. However, WTC Building 7 was the only building that sustained any amount of significant damage (having been imploded as well). These three buildings were the first… Read more »

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

I have never heard a single person who like myself witnessed 9/11 in person support the controlled demolition theory. It's always people who weren't in NYC. And for the science behind it please google 'nova why the towers fell.' PBS show nova interviewed the designer of the towers and he explained structural elements that led to their collapse. I consider PBS a credible source. And if you still don't believe me, fine, you are entitled to your opinion, but so am I, and please respect that I don't share yours based on my own experience. I don't pretend to know everything but I know what I saw, and I have as much right to free speech as anyone.

Truth Teller
Truth Teller

@Fleurdamour: So the reporters that covered the event weren’t in New York, live as the action happened? And neither were the Firefighters who came OUT of the Twin Towers? What about the workers and civilians that poured into the streets giving interviews about the bombs and explosions that they heard going off around them. I‘m confused because these people were closer to the action than you were, on the Staten Island Ferry. And its funny that you should mention PBS since this is where Larry Silverstein admitted that WTC Building 7 was “pulled” which is a term used by demolition experts to describe a planned implosion. Why would I ever trust anyone who built or designed the Towers? Why would I trust their tainted and biased view of what occurred when they are absolutely involved in the cover up and are simply regurgitating the lies that the government would have us believe? There is plenty of scientific evidence that supports the exact opposite of what you defend here as free speech. It is actually disinformation and shameful lies. Your right to an opinion is dangerously costing millions from knowing the truth, especially when your view is not supported by one… Read more »

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

@truth teller- Please re- read the part where I said that I have the right to hold and express my own opinion. And please re- read above where vigilant asks commenters to speak respectfully to each other. Esp the part about no insults or name calling.

Truth Teller
Truth Teller

@Fleurdamour:

I need not re-read anything because, as I clearly stated above, I could truly care less about your opinion; perhaps it is you who should re-read a few things. And as far as any disrespect, if you feel disrespected or insulted by my statements it is because the truth hurts. I didn't say anything insulting or disrespectful. We can agree to disagree or however that goes, but the truth will never change because of an opinion. I guess the sayings true; You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

Godozo
Godozo

I could care less whether Mr. Soros or the Koch brothers are behind this. Either way, they're trying to play the people for chumps in a whole new way.

I wasn't interested in the Kony Meme when I heard about it, and I'm less interested in it now.

Yosan
Yosan

This may sound strange! The name kony…kone, cone is the name of the goddess Venus. She was the goddess of the cone and always depicted with pine cones.The conical hat of witchcraft and ancient priesthoods is a religious totem of worship.Similarly , the main logo of kony 2012 is an inverted triangle. The triangle going down or towards the earth symbolizes the male god in certain sects or female goddess in some other.It's is a bisexual symbol. The Egyptians had the upward triangle for the male, the Indians have the upward triangle or the mountain for the female…..these are interchangeable symbols… Venus was the androgyne Diety, always represented as an androgynous god or a goddess with a beard. 2012 or 2+1+2 or the mystical 5 is the number of the the pentagram, Venus, the same 3+2 male in female and female in male sex magic number. Venus , is both the morning and the evening star hence dualistic to the core. Now the elite , always want remembrance of these ancient deities… In cartoons, films,catch phrases…..these words are encoded. When you say hello or yahoo… He 'el' o or Helios… Yahoo or yahu or hu….Yahweh….or the same el.. In the… Read more »

Matt&Kim
Matt&Kim

I knew something was fishy when i kept seeing ppl post "kony 2012" all over the internet. Child abductions, killings and etc have been going on in Africa for a long long time so why so suddenly does the U.S want to send troops over? How can people not see the big picture?? Kony 2012 sounds more like a campaign for presidency or such rather than trying to find a heartless murderer.

A Kid
A Kid

I am amazed. I remember when I had first learned about Kony in my English class. A teenager, who hates me and knows about the Illuminati, had a discussion with the teacher about sending money to get a t-shirt and bracelet. The child's mother wouldn't let them send an unknown source their money and information. The teacher agreed and so did I. It's not smart at all.

The funny thing about it was that she really knew about the evils of this world and would be ridiculed in class for her beliefs. Though she would send them money in a heartbeat. So sad.

I'm still having a 'creative discussion' with my mother about this. She says that I want Kony to continue hurting people…I never said that. I hate it when my words are twisted. My mother still has a lot to learn. As for my father-he just doesn't care.

OPEN YOUR EYES…

Rebecca
Rebecca

you are wise beyond your years! I think we all have family members that we are trying to help to understand these things. Stay firm in your beliefs, and love your family anyway ;0)

The Lord saves
The Lord saves

My question is….. what happens now? Does America still send troops into Uganda and take over the oil there?

anonymouse
anonymouse

Of course, that is the whole point. Even if Kony were to have a change of heart and come out of wherever he is hiding and hand himself over, they would still find a pretext for invading the country. There is oil in Uganda and even more wealth in the Congo, diamonds, tanzanit and so forth. So if Kony were to do the right thing and say, okay guys here I am arrest me, the CIA together with the MSM would probably pour water over it and say no, that is not the real Kony, kill him anyway and then tell us tey are still looking for him. For the sake of African children…smh

Nic Key
Nic Key

I would love permission to repost this on Pinterest. I got into it with some supporters of Kony 2012 who were flooding my feed with that crap! I just want them to see what its really all about!

maru. the free ant
maru. the free ant

The only way to understand the African problems is to be there. Not by watching a 30min video and buying an "Action Kit".

It's all an illusion, a pretext to invade and colonize. Just like the old times…

Please, spread the true message behind this act.

We won't be fooled!

loosethoughts
loosethoughts

We can't leave Africa alone after our interference however we must not single out one terrorist (that is what he is – they are not only brown) and blame him for the faults of the entire country. Africa is a massive country with more assets and problems than I can imagine, so there will forever be people seeking to take advantage of it, foreign or domestic.

How do we stop this? Love and education. People need to know they are worth something!

iCanSiClearly
iCanSiClearly

Continent dude…Africa is a continent NOT a country. Its ignorance like that which pisses of Africans BIG TIME!

Angela
Angela

Please please please for the love of GOD! Africa is NOT a country but a group of many. What is that? Oh yeah a continent. I'm sorry that is just a huge pet peeve!

youthoughtyouhadme
youthoughtyouhadme

Africa isn't a country. It's a continent.

zazoo
zazoo

There is something wrong with that guy form the charity who talks on al-jazzera video…His body language…Eyes wide open- makes him look creepy…He says something that should be positive and shakes his head at the same time in a negative way…he looks like he is trying to sell it too hard…

t56y45
t56y45

I thought so, too. I honestly think that was 3d modeling. It sounds weird, but his body print motions are robotic and his skin is too smooth, looks like an animation made in Blender–but badly. His dialogue is also very odd and check out those eyebrows! Juxtaposition against the real film of the Uganda shooting with not-perfect light conditions makes it stand out.

Sunshine123
Sunshine123

After reading several articles and watching many videos, I've come to the conclusion that this is one big hoax. With all US Military invasions theirs an inferior motive and there's certainly one here. I know that the majority of the 'younger generation' only have good intentions but aren't aware of the true intentions of Kony, cough-PHONY-cough, 2012. I do think that some of the people behind the 'Invisible children' charity have a good aim but are so caught up in the hype they just can't get out. Is it actually to late to stop it?

I believe in Jesus
I believe in Jesus

It all makes sense now when I found out that there were huge oil reserves found in Uganda not so long ago. Iraq 2 everyone?

also, for people who will accuse us of not wanting children to get rescued, our problem is not that we dont want children to be rescued. we are not against that but the AGENDA and motive behind the campaign. the focus is not the children but the way the situation is being used to cover american interests in Africa.

for ur information, america has funded warlords for a long time for the sake of capitalism and have protected worse dictators. its not that they care about human rights, if they did, they would have made something on Mugabe already

wake up. this is about money and military interests, not human rights. u think america cares for human right in other countries when they dont even care for their own people?- think of the 2008 financial crisis and how ur banks are put before u.

thanks…south africa

Cathy
Cathy

" According to former European MP, journalist, and author Richard Cottrell, the Lord Resistance Army is backed by the CIA and Mossad."

source: Conned 2012: Joseph Kony Is A CIA Contractor
http://poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com/2012/03/con

Rufus
Rufus

PropUganda at its' finest.

Neo
Neo

@ Rufus too true. As for the Invisible Children's campaign. They are quick to compare Kony (who is scum) to Osama bin Laden and Hitler (and probably already as dead as both of them). Well let me put it his way. Invisible children can equally be compared to Hitler's minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

This a a quote from Wiki "Goebbels used modern propaganda techniques to ideologically prepare the German people for aggressive warfare." Many ordinary Germans were so swayed by these propaganda films that they actively encouraged the atrocities against Jewish people, believing them to be true and the correct course of action.

Kony 2012 also uses modern propaganda techniques to their fullest effect. It's no different and it IS that serious. This is the experiment. Already millions of people have joined this fake movement against this small fry dictator (I'm in no way belittling the lives he has destroyed but there are most certainly some bigger fish to catch. Bush, Obama, Clinton, Blair etc)

Who knows what The (REAL) Experiment 2.0 will be?

Patrick
Patrick

It seems the KONY 2012 campaign is a little out-of-date and not supported by the people it's supposed to help. The idealism and naivety of young westerners often makes them easy pickings for hipsters selling fashionable but misguided causes.

messy 2012
messy 2012

This "let's make Kony famous", " KONY 2012" situation does not make any sense to me, at all.

Crazy kids or adults will look at this whole campaign and think to themselves they need to become an insane criminal person to achieve idiotic fame.

Also, why would anybody in the world really want to buy a bracelet that has Kony's name on it? How is that going to look good in anyone's jewelry collection? Did they ever make Hitler t-shirts at some point? I would hope not.

Ugandans are angry and they have very legitimate, good, logical reasons for being angry.

jennifer brown
jennifer brown

Thanks for sharing this article VC. I doubt most people who support this campaign will ever hear the other side of the story unless they search for it.

Felix
Felix

KFC- kony's fried chicken!!!!!

N
N

More like Killer Fried Chicken….

Vigilant
Vigilant

Through these things we can see how people are easily manipulated.

LadyDay
LadyDay

@vigilant… and if you donate even more of your dwindling finances, you get a Kony 2012 RFID chip implanted into your wrist so you can send money without any inconvenience and a chip bonus will mean that u will receive special messages directly from the President, George Clooney or Angelina Jolie thanking u personally for your support.

Can the sheeple say baaaaaaa?

santiago-zx
santiago-zx

And they even make people pay for the invasion by buying bracelets and T-shirts, the elite isnt even willing to pay with their own money.

And basically each bracelet or t-shirt represents someone getting killed, so people are paying for the death of people without even knowing.

kiki
kiki

I wonder if the filmmakers knew United States true agenda for Uganda when they were creating this film.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I think the filmmakers know exactly who they are working for and what they are doing, they have over 270 previous videos a lot of which obviously took fair amounts of money to produce and they have been about for a while although this latest campaign seems to have got them famous worldwide as much as it has for Kony himself!!

I think theres definitely something suspicious in there, would be interesting to know more about this company um charity! Most charities I know of dont have huge amounts of money to create this amount of media work at the scale and quality as these guys have!!

http://www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html

rae
rae

Maybe Joseph Kony will get a starring role in Hollywood now.

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

He'll probably be lionized like Roman Polanski.

Sarah Connor
Sarah Connor

Whoopsie!

Man behind ‘Kony 2012’ arrested – for masturbating in public:

rt.com/usa/news/kony-2012-arrested-masturbating-777/

EricaMay
EricaMay

I was all for this campaign but I am going to be honest and say I was a bit puzzled when they said they want to make Kony famous, why dont they use the word infamous…

I understand how they want people to know whats going over there but they should have made the video with of the POV of the victims.

on a s/n I live a near a base and I knew that soldiers were going to africa for a "secret war" and apparently it was about this all along…

(I normally dont comment on here, just read the articles)

KMRA
KMRA

My bro-in-law, a Marine, spent a significant amount of time stationed in Africa. I've always wondered why we had military over there. It is not like our country is stepping in to aggressively stop African tyrants (such as in the Sudan) like we did with the Middle East.

There is a military base located in Djibouti (Camp Lemonnier), which is two days from Uganda — still relatively close considering the size of Africa. Apparently, the US is slowly and continually increasing the size of the Camp. An article I read said the following, "Also the bases in Djibouti and Senegal are strategically place to protect US oil interests." Coincidence? I think not.

SOURCES
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/CLDJ/About/index.htm
http://www.afrol.com/articles/14269

gian
gian

A lot of people do not want to accept the fact they blindly jumped on board and are still defending this movement.

If you had any doubts the name George Soros alone should confirm your suspicions.

Yeah the whole make him "famous" puzzled me as well.

TGBX
TGBX

For those of you wondering why they’re trying to “make Kony famous”, here’s a theory:

April 20th is the day that the people who support the cause are supposed to cover the world in the image of Kony. Posters, stickers, whatever. I thought it seemed odd to post the face of a child murderer all over the place without context for those not involved in the movement, so I did a little research on April 20th.

Well, it all made sense after that.

April 19-20: Feast of Moloch

April 19/20 is the day of the Feast of Moloch, the owl-headed Canaanite god that demands the sacrifice of living infants. This is the god worshiped at the Bohemian Grove festivals.

A few of the events that have happened on this date:

-US revolutionary war begun

-Hitler born

-Ratzinger made pope

-Waco

-Oklahoma bombings

-Columbine killings

Put two and two together. They’re having everyone unintentionally pay tribute to the greatest child murderer of our time on the day they sacrifice children to the god “Moloch”. His image is going to be everywhere and it’s all going to be done under the guise of spreading awareness. I’m going to be tearing down every one of those posters I see.

Truth Teller
Truth Teller

@TGBX:

Where are you getting the association between Molech/Moloch and the Owl? Moloch is and always has been a god associated to bulls (see Apis, the Golden Calf, the Brazen Bull, Minotaur etc.). Have you actually researched this yourself or are you just reiterating information from Youtube videos and the like regarding the Bohemian Grove? Nowhere is there a connection between Moloch and Owls except for the connection made to the cremation of care ceremony at the Bohemian Grove. The connection isn’t there otherwise, which invalidates the claim of the owl being a representation of the god Moloch.

Note what VC says in regard to the god Moloch (featured in the article – The Occult Symbolism of Movie “Metropolis” and its Importance in Pop Culture):

“Moloch the God Baal, the Bull of the Sun, was widely worshipped in the ancient Near East and wherever Carthaginian culture extended. Baal Moloch was conceived under the form of a calf or an ox or depicted as a man with the head of a bull. The sacrifices went through the ‘belly of the beast’.”

Link: http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/the-occu

JamesWatchman
JamesWatchman

@Truth Teller That's because Alex Jones was spreading disinformation about B.o.h.e.m.i a.n Grove, I think with a bit of digging you'll find that Alex Jones' so called infiltration was nothing more than a big hoax

Hmmm.
Hmmm.

Sick and tired of Africans being patronised.. they were fine before the imperialists landed on their shores and they'll be fine when this constant interference stops.

Neo
Neo

@hmmm. Amen that sentiment. Kony 2012 is just another part of America's AFRICOM mandate, designed to carve up, destabilise and pillage Africa for its resources by wholesale militarization. The US got a strong foothold in North Africa by taking out Ghadafi in Libya. All that Boko Haram crap in Nigeria is another fake set up designed to lead to civil war that will destabilise the country which is seen as the 'heart of Africa'.

The M.O. is to achieve the same results as Iraq. Create war and chaos along fragile tribal lines, arm the 'rebels', destroy the country, take over the resources, bring in private contractors and mercenaries like Blackwater and bleed the country dry. The Americans also want to run their Chinese competitors out of the Africa.

When we understand the bigger picture, rather than the individual scenarios, it all makes sense!

God help us all because his scenario or one equally as f****d up will happen in the US when the bankers have finally bled the country dry and it's ripe for economic collapse. The decks have already been stacked and the statues enshrined in law. Just a matter of time…

A Kid
A Kid

They're trying to get this WW3 going…

Rebecca
Rebecca

your comment really makes sense to me. that is the "why" i have been wondering about. it fits in perfectly with the agenda, doesn't it. sad.

the ugandans are smarter than us. they haven't been exposed to the brain dulling marketing and filth that we have all around us on tv/radio/internet, etc. their reaction was pure. I think they are a great example of how we should be reacting to this campaign.

Infinite
Infinite

Agreed. Thing is, there's a lot of falsehood about the way Africa is presented to people. I know there are problems here and there but there are still hard working people in Africa like there are everywhere else who are doing well, are healthy and don't depend on the government/fraudulent behavior for survival. In fact, the most successful Africans live in Africa and won't live else where outside visiting. I was born in Africa, have lived in Africa all my life and feel that there's so much that's being blown out of proportion by the west. Sometimes I wonder where they get all the stories they put on tv cos SOME of it is not happening here.

Rebecca
Rebecca

my sister in law is african and I agree with you.

Jeff S
Jeff S

You're right, and it's not that the "real Africa" is hidden from us, but it is certainly not "presented" to us. Television, schools, newspapers, magazines, etc. all present an Africa that is essentially half jungle, half parched and cracked soil scattered with starving children. I and many others know this isn't the truth, but most don't.

Of course, there are areas which are that way, but we are meant to believe that is the complete story of Africa – the belief makes it more palatable to the citizenry when our government sends in the military "to help."

Ignorance-is-bliss
Ignorance-is-bliss

That's totally true.

I remember asking some people in my class what they thought of Africa and they came out with such ridiculous crap. Being African myself + having been there over 10 times. It truly isn't represented properly.

My fellow peers thought that all Africans carry bucket-things over their heads of endless miles in the heat to find a river to get water from.

And I was just like -_-

No, (being fortunate enough) – when I'm in Africa, if I want water I'll walk down the corridor and get it from a bloody tap. -_-

Charlie
Charlie

This campaing is financed by George Soros, who, it seems, is interested in destroiyng Uganda's sovereignity so he get something out of it. Another sordid campaing to put a independent state on its knees.

N
N

Uganda has oil so the elite wants it.

a
a

Isnt that the bottom line? More US troops wherever oil is found!

bea41660
bea41660

SCHWARTZ GYORGY { GEORGE SOROS} emmisary of the BAUERS {ROTHSCHILDS}, It's all about UGANDA'S NEWLY FOUND OIL SUPPLIES & gaining control of them ! It's never agout real suffering people. Not for them & their cohorts !

bea41660
bea41660

about…not agout. oops! sorry!

Skegeeace
Skegeeace

"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.”"

OUCH. They have a point…I know the movement is probably well-intentioned by a lot of people, but the tactic is not Uganda-friendly or friendly to the victims.

Freetoday
Freetoday

Thanks. The situation of Uganda can not be summed up in soundbites, but I am clear there are misguided kids in the West who really want to help Ugandan children. One world government is not the answer.

The tide's turning here on social media. I have been posting incessantly for like seven days asking the IC children questions. I haven't been doing it for IC. I have seen people change their minds or question all their beliefs about everything. It's been good after all in that respect. The video got flagged so much it was off the web for a total of 5 to 10 minutes. Miraculously, it was put back on the web: a reminder of the power behind the power. Oh, well. God still wins. They still lose:)

Fleurdamour
Fleurdamour

The sad comment on the West is that we always think the answer to everything is merchandising.

CerebralGrl
CerebralGrl

Can the reason be why the US wants a foreign occupation in Africa is to take a stake in its precious resources? James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, told a group of students in a finance class, as a guest speaker, that Africa is where the investments are at. The rest of the world got with the resource program, and here we are wasting our time in the middle east when everyone is flocking to Africa.

It's time to catch up.

The us government can care less about our human rights, mass genocide, famine, etc…

They make $$$ of of war. WAR=MONEY.

This explains why Hollywood had to create a brainwashing 29 min video to convince America to export forces in Uganda. Funny thing is, the real culprit is not Kony. It's Kaguta Museveni; responsible to killing millions…

…but the American kids who watch this video won't even think about that man because that little portion of the brain called "logic" has been infiltrated with the thoughts of stopping Kony.

Money is truly the root of all evil.

why
why

Why is the general population being asked to feel guilty about this random Kony person to begin with?

Why oh why are we always constantly being asked to donate money to too many different causes and buy merchandise and fix problems that we did not create in the first place?? Why can't the people responsible for these catastrophic situations be the ones to mend it all?

Why can't people just focus on helping themselves and those around them FIRST before flying and sending the military to other places???

Why is it so important to capture Kony right now, more than any other criminal???? I'm NOT saying that Kony shouldn't be stopped, I'm just asking why is there a sudden focus on just him only??

There are so many billionaires in this world. Why can't they get together and help??? Why does the general population continue to be made to feel bad about not buying freaking bracelets or t-shirts, which Ugandans don't even approve of!!!!!!

I want the truth
I want the truth

How about this: Let's just don't give a damn about Kony and focus on other issues!

The opposite of love isn't hate–it's complacency i.e. not caring about it. If you hate the campaign, you only bring even more attention to it, and even more people would want to watch the video and *gasp* may even support it.

If the Kony 2012 campaign doesn't receive enough support and funds, the US troops may take much longer to expand their campaign to get more oil, and the best (but highly unlikely) result would be that they pull out of Africa.

However, we should help them by directly helping the Ugandans and other affected Africans to rehabilate and be independent e.g. providing an African-centred education that teach them life skills, African values and universal subjects. Real groundwork.

Invisible Children has obviously failed in this department.

bea41660
bea41660

BRANDING ! BAAAA BAAAA BAAAA !