My sister is making a pretty big deal out of the whole thing. I just think that there is more to the story than that video and I don't really feel like finding out what it is. Sure it would be really cool to go and plaster the city with posters, but there is probably a better way to get things done.
Less stellar than capturing children and mutilating and murdering their families? I honestly have no idea. What I do appreciate about the video is that it is bringing attention to a human tragedy that a lot of people are completely unaware of. If that video at least inspire some ignorant people (myself included) to do some independent research, then I consider it a good and potentially successful thing.
Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal for an issue which arguably needs action and aid, not awareness, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they lack an external audit committee. But it goes way deeper than that.
Here's what everyone's favorite womp master and activist (aka Bassnectar) thinks about the whole thing. Sure can't say this shit hasn't caused the stir it was aimed at.
i just have to say, i don't think "Invisible Children" is a terrible organization, and I am sure there are things they can do better. If you think nonprofit organizations spend all their money directly on their cause then you are simply ignorant. There are important campaign costs, salaries for amazing staff, project costs, and enormous expenses. vimeo.com/37119711 None of the "critiques" offered here [http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/] should actually deter anyone who actually cares about stepping up and making a difference. You think this is easy? You think it is simple to organize a united global campaign against terrorist/guerilla human or army? You think the world is black & white? It's not. If you are going to undertake something like this, it is going to be SUPER COMPLEX. You are missing the point if you see an amazing attempt to make positive change, and you only look at the negative aspects of it. Don't be surprised when you hear that your heroes are just human. They fuck up. I'm sure every great role model has made plenty of mistakes but does that invalidate their work? No. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POINT: There are negative sides to every issue. Before i posted this, i *knew* the post would be littered with people chiming in with some "dastardly" negative about the makers of the video, or trying to find some conspiracy. The fact is there are negatives with EVERYTHING. Every cool organization has some kind of negatives. No person or orgnization can put together a campaign this large, this global, this attractive, this expensive, and this good, without leaving behind a path of negatives and without making compromises. SO WHAT. If you are waiting for a Perfect Ideal, then you are going to wait forever. There are plenty of Bad People doing Bad Things. So when Good People try and do Good Things, do not fuck with their momentum by trying to find a negative. I'm not saying don't question things (Question Everything). But know when to be realistic. KONY 2012 is an amazing idea, a MASSIVE undertaking, and an uphill battle. Don't try and arrogantly show the world how smart you are by exposing something genuinely good as being invalid. It is not invalid. This movie shows an important cause (a complicated one) and attempts to address it directly. Just let that happen. If you find yourself with free time on your hands, don't litter my facebook with bad facts about good people. EVERY GOOD PERSON HAS BAD FACTS ABOUT THEM. That is life. There are positives and negatives. Every hero or icon or role model has also done bad things or said dumb things, because nobody is perfect. This isn't news. You arent being insightful by telling me that "invisible children" isn't a perfect organization, or that the concept of intervening in Africa is a complex one. THAT IS REALLY OBVIOUS Stop trying to find the dark side in everything, because sometimes it is important to share the light. And in this case, you can't really argue the simple fact that The Cause is a just one (protecting innocent children) so please take your critiques elsewhere because i am personally not interested in reading them.