Hannah Star The Kony 2012 Penis Party

Remember that whole Kony 2012 thing that you didn’t really care about, but you “liked” it on Facebook because you’re a hopeless victim of Slacktivism and you didn’t want to look like that one asshole that doesn’t care about African child soldiers? Well, you might want to go “unlike” it now. 

It’s not just because you’ve suddenly realized that Joseph Kony has actually been active for over twenty-five years, and you look like a total idiot for not knowing about him until you learned about it via your friend’s Facebook status. No – it’s because on the evening of March 15, Kony 2012 co-founder Jason Russell was arrested for drunkenly masturbating in public. Yeah, you read that right.

According to TMZ, who actually caught the event on camera, Russell danced around on a San Diego street corner in a Speedo for a while before whipping his dick out and performing various “sexual gestures”. What a role model, right? The video is really pretty disturbing – almost more disturbing than the fact that Joseph Kony has spent the past twenty-something years recruiting child soldiers. Congratulations, Jason Russell. People are now officially paying more attention to your penis-related activities than the cause that you set out to publicize.

Then again, it sounds awful, but did anyone ever genuinely care about Invisible Children’s cause, or were they more concerned with keeping up with social media trends? I think the repercussions of Russell’s public penis party will further prove how people are more interested in the fantastical glitter decorating the anti-Kony movement than achieving the movement’s actual aims. Ugh, we suck. Anyways, I think it’s safe to say that whole KONY 2012 thing is going to disappear as quickly as it...came. Get it? Get it?

Comments

I must admit i was disappointed with the tireivnew today and am confused by a lot of the comments. While i respect everyone's right to their own opinions, i would encourage you to first watch the entire video before criticizing or deterring others to watch the video because of misinterpretations you may have (based on a caller). I watched from start to finish because i felt the video was well done and i was captivated by the story it was telling. I thought journalism was to provide a story objectively and allow the readers, listerners etc to make their own determination on their take on the story without bias. Unfortunately however, i felt Roz lead his tireivnew with pessiciscm and an accusing and doubtful tone. I agree, if people are questioning the method and the financials then Roz and Mocha should ask but it was just the way in which it was done. Invisible Children does disclose their financial statements from previous years on their website. The question should not be how much have you got in the last 48 hours almost insinuating he's out for a lot of money for himself, but perhaps to ask how the money that's donated or pledged is being used and whether they had a ration such as 50% directly towards their programs (also listed on their site), 10 % promotional costs such as flyers, website, t-shirts, 20% for administrative costs such as rent, travel to and from Africa etc and 20% to perhaps their salaries if that's the case. They deserve a salary. They are making this their full-time life work, taking them away from their famalies at times and perhaps even putting themselves in danger. Monies for other chairities do the same.Also, Roz acted as this is just yet another time when America is expected to save the day and i have to disagree. While Jason has obtained US military help, i believe he is a US cititzen so it's natural for him to start with his own government. But Jason is taking it many steps further and reaching out to people globally, to create awareness globally and to encourage others to go to their leaders (as he did his) and push for support to capture this man. Whether it works in the end or not, (i beleive it will), i applaud Jason Russell for taking action and dedicating himself to this cause.One last thing, i'm very disappointed and saddened really that Roz thinks that as normal everyday average citizens can make a difference (he aired his doubts this morning). As one voice speaking we may be less influencial but in mass numbers we truly can make a difference. Just like when donating say to Haiti Relief, donating $1 may be all someone can afford but if everyone did that together that could make a huge difference. Together people can make a difference. Perhaps if Roz realized how much even his opinion can persuade or disuade others to action he would realize that one person's opinion can impact others and make a difference.Why not use that to support a good cause.Game on Kony . SURRENDER.

To be honest, I think that the real issue here is not that people didn't care enough to actually watch the video and spread the message, it's the fact that people didn't really care enough to look into what was actually happening in the area. The information from that video is extremely outdated and inaccurate, you can search Uganda for him all you want but he has not been active in the area for over 4 years. It also makes it seem that the people are powerless and unable to help themselves. That is not the case; what the video failed to mention was not only was all its information outdated, but that there are many many community activists who have been working for years to try and stop this from the inside. As far as I'm concerned, the whole video was white imperialistic bullshit that some rich white boy wanted to exploit. It was the same thing with Hillary's address to the UN about global gay rights--how can you stand there and tell the world how to run itself when you can't even solve the problem of poverty and inequity for the queer community in your own country? Needless to say, I don't share the Kony 2012 video because I care too much.

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