MODEST REVIEWS: KONY 2012 (Jason Russell, 2012)
I would give this self-important quasi-documentary a 4 out of 10,
and that is because Jason Russell would give his film a 15 out of 10.
Let me get the obvious bullshit out of the way: I’m not saying Kony shouldn’t be brought to justice, or that what Invisible Children does is wrong.
What I’m saying is that this episode in the “Africa is Eternally Fucked” saga is less about Africa and its woes, and more about all the hip, young, active white people with their fists in the air. These white people are so awesome and they need you to realize that so you can be awesome too on the internet for everyone to see how awesome you all are.
Let’s just skip the fact that the western world has kept greater Africa in a state of constant instability and volatility since they made landfall centuries ago.
This doc attempts to dumb down the complexity of African struggles into a version simple enough for attention-loving masses of Facebook users to gobble up. Frankly, it does this just fine, but so has every Unicef and CCF commercial since the dawn of modern television.
What makes this doc different is simply timing. Right now, the “idea” thats “time has come” they keep prattling on about is the idea that people can enact real political/humanitarian change through the click of a mouse.
Guess what? You can’t.
Twitter didn’t power the Arab Spring. Arabs powered the Arab Spring. We just watched and felt important enough to show all our friends how connected and revolutionary we are.
You want to fix Africa? Spoiler alert: charities like IC pay their workers and virtually none of the money raised goes through to those in need. Paying their salaries doesn’t help. Writing your congressmen might help scare them into election-saving policy crusades, but liking something on facebook?
Fuck you. Honestly, just fuck you. You just want attention. Puberty is so hard when the world is so evil and your IPhone sometimes doesn’t get service and your car got a parking ticket. Fuck you times a hundred.Mar. 10 @ 4:09PM | 203 notes