'Kony 2012' director answers critics of video on dictator


B00Mer
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'Kony 2012' director answers critics of video on dictator

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NEW YORK: The director of a video sensation that calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the fugitive rebel leader of a Ugandan militia group, agreed on Friday with skeptics who have called the film oversimplified, saying it was deliberately made that way.

The 30-minute YouTube film called " Kony 2012," which by Friday had been viewed on YouTube more than 58 million times, aims to wake up the world to atrocities committed by Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, including kidnapping children and forcing them to fight.

Filmmaker Jason Russell's nonprofit group, Invisible Children, tapped 12 influential policy makers and 20 celebrities with popular Twitter accounts, including Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie, to spread the video. Since then, the company owned by powerful producer Harvey Weinstein has contacted Russell to buy the film.

The phenomenal success of the video, including the savvy media campaign with tweets about Kony, has been hailed for inspiring young people to activism, but has suffered some criticism including that it oversimplified a long-standing human rights crisis.

Russell, who narrates the video with a personal story that juxtaposes shots of his young son in San Diego, California with the hopelessness of Ugandan children, told Reuters on Friday the video was only meant as a kick-starter to a complicated issue.

"It definitely oversimplifies the issue. This video is not the answer, it's just the gateway into the conversation. And we made it quick and oversimplified on purpose," he said. "We are proud that it is simple. We like that. And we want you to keep investigating, we want you to read the history."

Mixed reactions in Uganda include criticism that the attention has come too late, that much of the armed conflict in the area has subsided and the film leaves out that the Ugandan military is often accused of committing the same atrocities as Kony's fighters. In addition, Kony is believed to have long since fled Uganda and now only commands a few hundred followers.

"Kony has been indicted, that's what we are saying. It doesn't matter if he has three fighters, 300 or 3,000. That's not the issue," Russell said. The group's aim is to get Kony to surrender and be brought to the International Criminal Court in The Hague where Kony is under indictment.

"He needs to face justice and we want to give him the choice to surrender," Russell said.

Invisible Children also has faced questions about its governance in light of financial statements showing a large proportion of funds were used for travel and film production rather than charity work. The non-profit group published its financial statements this week amid rising scrutiny.

"They hear the word charity and they don't understand why all of our money isn't going to Central Africa," Russell said. "We have found that putting money towards our media and our movie, changes lives. And in that life change, it has tangible results into a movement ... that movement does galvanize the mission."

Others have said the problem needed to be solved within Uganda rather than a viral campaign watched by viewers who may not understand the situation on the ground.

To that criticism, Russell said: "We don't think Americans should be the world police, that is not what we are advocating. We want to continue to put pressure on the policy makers, on the (U.S.) President to keep really hyper-focused on this issue."

The video begins with the slogan, "Nothing Is More Powerful Than An Idea" and references the strength of social media sites like Facebook that can help spur immediate action. The campaign has urged supporters of the movement to "blanket every street, every city" on April 20.

The success of the video has shocked the non-profit group even though they prepared for its launch on Tuesday with a five-day lead in campaign beforehand, said Russell.

Initially, he aimed for 500,000 YouTube viewers. Now, plans include a global dance party and other fundraising events.

"We were not prepared for this type of response because it has been a whirlwind," he said. "To us, it is the world waking up ... it is a global revolution."

Source: 'Kony 2012' director answers critics of video on dictator - The Times of India (external - login to view)
 
petros
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HOORAY for the New World Order P.D.
 
Ron in Regina
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I've been waiting for a Thread on this one to show up.
Figured it would'a happened several days ago....
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

HOORAY for the New World Order P.D.

Maybe you should watch the dam video. I personally have a heart of stone, trust me, but this video actually had my eyes water up a little.

Joseph Kony, I could easily put a gun to his face and pull the trigger.
 
petros
#5
He's the flavour of the week. It's good smoke and mirrors to divert attention from "other axis of evil" nations. For example have you heard about the pipeline from Vladivostock Russia to Busan Korea through North Korea?

Since when do evil nations allow their enemies to thrive economically?

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Maybe you should watch the dam video. I personally have a heart of stone, trust me, but this video actually had my eyes water up a little.

Joseph Kony, I could easily put a gun to his face and pull the trigger.

Ever think what he is doing was asked of him?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

He's the flavour of the week. It's good smoke and mirrors to divert attention from "other axis of evil" nations. For example have you heard about the pipeline from Vladivostock Russia to Busan Korea through North Korea?

Since when do evil nations allow their enemies to thrive economically?

This is a perfect example of how small this world is getting, and we had better start getting along and work not as nations, but citizens of the world.
 
petros
+1 / -1
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It's not an example of how small the world is it' is an example of how the illusion game is played.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

It's not an example of how small the world is it' is an example of how the illusion game is played.

That is a very, very sad view..

The problem is many Canadians, Americans have never been to a 3rd world country (outside the tourist areas) to see how people really live.

Watch the video, the US basically said this is not an important issue to them because the US does not have any financial interest in the region. It all about money and corporate greed.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Watch the video, the US basically said this is not an important issue to them because the US does not have any financial interest in the region. It all about money and corporate greed.

BINGO!!! Ugandan children are just pawns in the illusion game. Ever considered that some of these slaughters in Africa are simply to control population growth and these "evil leaders" are just playing their role to appease the west?
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

That is a very, very sad view..

The problem is many Canadians, Americans have never been to a 3rd world country (outside the tourist areas) to see how people really live.

Watch the video, the US basically said this is not an important issue to them because the US does not have any financial interest in the region. It all about money and corporate greed.


Even if there was a "financial interest" in this matter....where is Kony?
It took a decade to find Bin Laden, and he hadn't fallen off the map
1/2 a decade before they tried to find him.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

BINGO!!! Ugandan children are just pawns in the illusion game. Ever considered that some of these slaughters in Africa are simply to control population growth and these "evil leaders" are just playing their role to appease the west?

Oh God.. where is your tin foil hat. Yup the government is involved in forced abortions, sterilizations, genocide and AIDS. It's all a government conspiracy. (hint of sarcasm)
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

Even if there was a "financial interest" in this matter....where is Kony?
It took a decade to find Bin Laden, and he hadn't fallen off the map
1/2 a decade before they tried to find him.

Send Equifax after him. They can find someone who is hiding on the moon.
 
B00Mer
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Send Equifax after him. They can find someone who is hiding on the moon.

You have credit problems huh.. past experience?
 
petros
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Nope. Used them to collect from deadbeats.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

Even if there was a "financial interest" in this matter....where is Kony?
It took a decade to find Bin Laden, and he hadn't fallen off the map
1/2 a decade before they tried to find him.

Where is Kony? Just a wild guess... Uganda

They found Bin Laden..
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

They found Bin Laden..

They found him in reality or did they find him on TV?
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Where is Kony? Just a wild guess... Uganda

They found Bin Laden..


A decade later.....and at what cost? Not just the financial either, though
that is significant also.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

A decade later.....and at what cost? Not just the financial either, though
that is significant also.

Yup by your own admission we should let the tyrants run the earth, because they are to hard to find, or to costly.. Bin Landen, Saddam, . Mubarak, Gadhafi are perfect example as what people can do together united.

I think we live in interesting times right now.. people acting as one cleaning up the earth of it tyrants, one at a time. (can we make a slogan and poster for this)

I would love to see the United Nations sent into Uganda to find and kill this bastard.

Hey Ron in Regina.. if all else fails..

Send in the A-Team...


 
petros
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BOOMER, you are now a supporter of the New World Order?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

BOOMER, you are now a supporter of the New World Order?

This is not a new world order. Pull your head out of your *** and take a deep breath, clear your brain. You are way to paranoid.

Maybe I am just a fan of Ramírez Sánchez and his way of just expediently removing political dumb asses from this planet we share.
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Hey Ron in Regina.. if all else fails..

Send in the A-Team...


I think you're closer to an answer than you might realize. Small, covert, self-reliant
squad working with a clear objective and a budget that's pennies on the dollar in
comparision to sending in a modern military grouping. Quiet and effective.
 
petros
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It's not? What is it then? What will media guilt you into next? Saving earth worms?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

It's not? What is it then? What will media guilt you into next? Saving earth worms?

...are you feeling guilty about something Petros?
 
petros
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Nope. I feel zero guilt for Colonialism, Slavery, Nazi Germany, Bolshevism, Imperialism, Pollution or Corporatism.

I won't have my emotions played by media.

How many of these wet behind the ears social media freaks trying to do this have cellphones that contain blood minerals?

Blood in the Mobile: Mining in the Congo - YouTube (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Nope. I feel zero guilt for Colonialism, Slavery, Nazi Germany, Bolshevism, Imperialism, Pollution or Corporatism.

I won't have my emotions played by media.

How many of these wet behind the ears social media freaks trying to do this have cellphones that contain blood minerals?

Living in a box like that might get a little cramped.

 
petros
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Do you have a cell phone BOOMER?

Will you recycle it and wait until they are made from non blood minerals?
 
Cliffy
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Psychopaths rule the world. Who do you think the NWO agenda is being run by?

Psychopaths Rule the World - YouTube (external - login to view)

Psychopaths Rule The World - YouTube (external - login to view)

Truth to Power: Psychopaths Rule Our World -- Science of the Spirit -- Sott.net (external - login to view)
 
petros
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Psychopaths are incredible manipulators of emotions.
 
B00Mer
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[QUOTE=Cliffy;1558050]Psychopaths rule the world. Who do you think the NWO agenda is being run by?

Psychopaths Rule The World - YouTube (external - login to view)

[/QUOTE]

How did Petros get in that second video.. (one on the right)

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Do you have a cell phone BOOMER?

Will you recycle it and wait until they are made from non blood minerals?

Yup, right into a trash bag when I'm done with it.
 
petros
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So you'll buy phones from evil corps that use Congolese blood minerals and bandwagon jump on a media campaign that relies on the blood minerals to supposedly stop other blood from flowing?

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

Me thinks you've been had by your own good intentions.

Would a Twitter campaign be beneficial in preventing the spreading use of Congolese cell phone blood minerals?
 

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