Okay, I never make text posts on my tumblr so I feel I’m entitled to this one.
I have a few issues to address. I just searched “Kony” on here and was kind of shocked. Being negative about something that’s gone viral and mainstream does not make you unique, or cool, or superior in morality or intelligence. You just think too highly of yourself.
Saying “you guys are doing fuck all by sitting around and watching and sharing a video” is highly hypocritical, as it seems, to me, to be doing a lot more than sitting and not sharing the video, whilst complaining about it.
Saying “you aren’t an activist just because you posted that video to your Facebook” is presumptuous. True, it doesn’t make someone an activist, but it’s getting the word out there. Yes, people of our generation are now more than informed about Kony, but older relatives that don’t thrive on the internet in the way that we do still may not, so sharing it on FB is not at all a waste.
Saying “get out there and actually do something if you care so much” is just plain stupid. I don’t think many people are capable of just jumping on the next plane to Africa. I’m pretty sure the needs of this cause are more complicated than that. Besides, people will do something come April 20th, and people are writing to influential individuals who do have the power to change the situation.
Criticizing Invisible Children for the way in which they spent “only” 32% of their earnings last year directly on the cause is also just bullshit. They made that 30 minute movie! It wasn’t exactly a simple production. The equipment, travel, footage, software and rights would have taken a lot of funding to put together. And I wouldn’t at all call the movie a waste. Look at what it’s achieved. They could have spent that money on the same old things and gotten nowhere due to a lack of publicity and support, or they could have made the movie and watched it alert millions of people, who are now willing to back the project and thus, actually have it make an impact.
I saw one girl write about how she’s always been an activist (unlike all those lowly, subordinate Kony supporters) and how she’s not going to drop her long supported causes. No one’s asking you to stop supporting other things. No one’s saying that Kony is the only issue. I think the best thing about Kony is that its approaching awareness in a new and exciting way which, if successful, will help other causes in the future. I’m an avid supporter of Save the Bears, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to join something as big and as inspiring as this Kony movement.
If you support Kony 2012, all power to you, but don’t be annoying or self righteous about it. If you don’t, same as above.
Just shut up and be happy that something like this, which is working for the greater good, has managed to grow to this level. I’d say that charities are the one thing I’m happy to see become a trend.