The ‘KONY 2012’ video will likely hit 78 million views by the end of today but Ugandans in the area affected by Joseph Kony the worst haven’t seen the video because there is no internet access. And the few Ugandans that attended an outdoor screening of the viral video this week were throwing rocks at the screen before the film was even over.
AlJazeera followed Victor Ochen of the African Youth Initiative Network to Northern Uganda for a screening of “KONY 2012” in Northern Uganda, the area worst affected by Kony’s rebel resistance army.
They interviewed a man who was abducted by the Kony’s army who said he supports the efforts to arrest Kony but went on to say some of the promotional tactics were insensitive.
Others complained that were no Ugandans speaking for themselves. The film upset them so much they were throwing rocks at the screen before the film was even over.
“It’s propaganda for a western viewer,” Tavia Nyong’o, associate professor of performance studies at New York University, said in an interview with Colorlines.com’s Jamilah King. “Any African watching it feels very strongly like we’re not in the picture—there’s no African complexity, and there’s certainly no African agency.”
“The way they present the facts and information and history of the conflict and their solution is not something that is by any means the common point of view amongst Ugandans,” says Nyong’o. “They say it’s ‘not about politics and it’s not about the economy’ [in the video], but it’s actually all about politics and the economy.”
For more analysis on the controversy read Jamilah King’s “Kony 2012’s Success Shows There’s Big Money Attached to White Saviors.”