Joseph Kony is an awful human being, and thanks to the charity Invisible Children, you may already know that by now. The filmmaking organization/charity has single-handedly created a wildly viral documentary, KONY 2012, which has garnered over 26 million views since Monday, March 5, become a trending hashtag on Twitter, and landed on the Today show.
The people behind the campaign are now being looked at more closely and unsurprisingly, they've now garnered their fair share of critics. Here's a primer on what you need to know about this week's viral charity meme:
So, wait what's #stopkony/Kony 2012? It's blowing up my Twitter feed, but I haven't watched the video yet.
Good thing you asked. The #stopkony campaign is a social media campaign bringing awareness to Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony. He uses child soldiers, loots, rapes....
Oh wow. He's pretty awful.
Well, yeah. Usually warlords are. According to the Huffington Post, he's also a little bit crazy and there's some nonsense about consulting an Italian ghost who possessed one of his aunts. The Guardian reports:
He stands accused of overseeing the systematic kidnapping of countless African children; brainwashing the boys into fighting for him, turning the girls into sex slaves and killing those who don't comply. His forces are believed to have slaughtered tens of thousands of people and are known for hacking the lips off their victims. Kony has been wanted by the International Criminal Court since 2005 on charges that include crimes against humanity. He has been living in the bush outside of Uganda since that time.
Whoa. This man needs to be stopped. #stopkony is a good thing! Let's get Kony!