What To Make of Kony 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012


The internet film KONY 2012, which calls for the capture of Joseph Kony - the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, has received tens of millions views on YouTube. Reaching an incredible number of people has brought the film, and the organization that produced it, under criticism however. Brooke speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who says that despite some faults, the film might help bring about change. 

Comments [10]

Bryan from Portland, OR

I do I really feel your slogans for the republican candidates at the end of the show really demonstrate the shows bias, I don't recall any mocking when Clinton was a thorn to the Obama's campaign. Yes, Bob when are you going to do Obama, yuck, yuck, yuck....oh wait they already decided on the 3/18/2011 show they were not biased.

Mar. 20 2012 09:34 PM

The criticism about this film is absurd. Sometimes I really think you can't win for losing.

Say nothing, and people complain. Do something and people complain.

On the entire continent of Africa many nations often, for many reasons, stand back and allow these sorts of atrocities to happen. Where is the hue and cry about that? Where is the intense criticism on the part of those Africans living outside the country, where are the African governments, leaders, and filmmakers?

The filmmakers of Kony 2012 made a film displayed their point of view. Instead of all of the limp blathering, if you are a concerned African person living inside or outside of the continent of Africa pick up a damned camera and tell your story.

As a person of color I would never give short shrift to the import of one's own agency, but doing nothing and playing the "great white father" narrative is a cheap shot of bigotry that is beneath contempt.

Only children should report child abuse, only women should report domestic violence? Silly? Too right.

Speak, talk, tell your stories. Don't be cowled by those who stand on the sidelines and complain.

Who knows, you might just be the one to make the 911 call when the complainer's house is on fire.


Mar. 18 2012 07:29 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

God Bless Jason Russell.

Mar. 18 2012 03:13 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Brooke, you asked Krystoff about Teju Cole's "White Savior Industrial Complex" comment, and Krystoff's answer referred to "Americans". Is this non-responsive?

Teju Cole criticized America, but then he got more specific. Why not address his analysis of the effect of Western/white supremacy/the glorification of whites and the lack of context here?

Brooke, Krystoff didn't answer your question, and you let him. It's bad enough that society is too cowardly and/or oblivious to have critical frank, incisive race discourse. If the media is too, then no wonder we're in trouble.

Mar. 18 2012 03:04 PM
tellestelle from Boston,Ma

Sunday morning news is blasting quick bites about Jason Russell flying thru the streets nude--dyhydrated-passing out -- I am embarrassed by a nation that
refuses compassion to several who have dedicated years to getting the word out about the atrocities of KONY---Sunday AM news is also blaring the story of George Clooney and his arrest in NYC amidst the Sudan protests... Again i am embarrassed by people who are so quick to turn the blade on those who have the courage to leave behind their comfort and speak to the world of wrongdoing-- Your interview was articulate and intelligent as your voice ant so many of us follow. MANY MANY thanks to you for your support for not only the causes but those that are also brave enough to speak out.

Mar. 18 2012 11:13 AM
Yam Erez from Israel

Good audio clip. Validated what I posted on this subject / Kony 2012 in my blog, http://StandByYourName.blogspot.com.

Mar. 18 2012 05:05 AM
sally mcelroy from Washington, DC

No good deed goes unpunished--as the saying goes.

Mar. 17 2012 08:15 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Even before this report, I wondered what this all was truly teaching. Even the well-meaning may lie and exaggerate to play on your sympathies? Or, as "invisible children", are people getting away with murder? Is clicking a button just the admission you pay to become a voyeur of violence? It all seems too ambivalent to me.

Mar. 17 2012 05:15 PM
Andrew from Paterson, NJ

Well put, both questions and answers

Mar. 17 2012 04:35 PM
robin collman from Uganda

A promis was made to jacob to stop at nothing,he is trying his best to keep that promis he made to a child several years ago.
Im personaly involved with many Acholi in Acholi land. Please continue to investagate more ,go viset. You may as I have fall in love.

Mar. 17 2012 01:36 PM

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