A month after Invisible Children's KONY 2012 video went viral in the most infamous ways, the humanitarian group has doubled down on the self-promotion, releasing yet another 20-minute video trumpeting their good work in raising awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
As cynical as it might seem to admit, this is the sort of thing that is only going to cause people to cling more tightly to their opinions on Kony and Invisible Children specifically, and "the white man's burden" in general. And it's part of the the beauty of "KONY 2012: Part II — Beyond Famous" offers plenty of evidence to support your deeply entrenched position, no matter what it is.
Watch it below, and see:
Invisible Children is more about self promotion than helping actual Africans
The evidence: The film's opening montage, filled with news anchors fervently pontificating on the issue of ... Invisible Children; numerous talking heads saying how Invisible Children changed them; interviews with Invisible Children staffers where they describe the organization in frothing tones; lovingly composed shots of large amounts of Invisible Children supporters coming together for photo ops.
Invisible Children is the longest in the long line of Westerners who think they can single-handedly save the Third World
The evidence: Sentences uttered by white people in "Beyond Famous": "We are going to be the leaders of tomorrow, and it's up to us to show people what we can do"; "We are changing the world, guys. This is completely new. It will be in the books of history"; "My story led me to this purpose"; "Because of you" the international community is finally going after Kony.
Stop excusing your apathy under the guise of social justice — Invisible Children does good work
The evidence: Interviews with actual Africans about the ways Invisible Children has assisted the hunt of Kony; concrete examples of the way the KONY 2012 campaign empowered governments across the world to go after the Lord's Resistance Army; suggestions for Western viewers to help that go beyond vague admonishments to "raise awareness."
I just want to laugh at the guy who freaked out and started masturbating in public
The evidence: Jason Russell shows up a few times, just enough for plugged-in viewers to chortle in recognition.
What do you think? Did you enjoy having your biases confirmed?