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The Story of Kony2012


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  • Internet Historian
    Internet Historian  4 жыл бұрын +6462

    That Q&A I promised 2 months ago: kzclip.org/video/rXAeb7Pmzjs/бейне.html

    • Tedd Naing
      Tedd Naing 5 ай бұрын

      I'll be waiting for you to make a video about BLM movement in the future.

    • Jimmy The-Gent
      Jimmy The-Gent 5 ай бұрын

      I wouldn't call 20 million in donated funds "no practical action".

    • Lorenzo D'Urso
      Lorenzo D'Urso 9 ай бұрын

      Ti amo perché ci sta sempre l'italiano come lingua tradotta❤

    • HutchHere
      HutchHere  Жыл бұрын


    • Lopiklop
      Lopiklop  Жыл бұрын

      Hold on. Look this up for real. US Military employed PSYOP to quote: "End the war without firing a single shot"

  • CreepsMcPasta
    CreepsMcPasta 4 жыл бұрын +25279

    2012 was a wild time

    • J22
      J22 8 күн бұрын

      yeah when you were chatting up kids

    • em
      em 5 ай бұрын

      Also op true as heck.
      The fact that Jony, Rebecca Black’s Friday, Lady Gaga, & MW2 we’re all the most popular things then (as well as everything else inSANE that happened then) proves 12 was a fever dream

  • Random Commenter
    Random Commenter  Жыл бұрын +8167

    In case you're wondering, Joseph Kony is still free today. His army has shrunk to an estimated 100 members and both Uganda and the US consider him a non threat. No one is looking for him anymore, so basically he got away with 30 years of child torture and war crimes.

    • Ozmond
      Ozmond 5 сағат бұрын


    • Brittany Cunningham
      Brittany Cunningham 2 күн бұрын


    • margareth michelina
      margareth michelina 6 күн бұрын

      But what about Invicible Children group? Is it still active?

    • MegaHam
      MegaHam 15 күн бұрын

      @Heidegaff What's that got do with anything?

    • MegaHam
      MegaHam 15 күн бұрын +1

      Well done guys, great team work there 🤡

  • The
    The 2 жыл бұрын +4296

    I genuinely feel so bad for him. He's a decent human being who had a mental breakdown overwhelmed by trying to bring about some change.

    • The meme Mixers
      The meme Mixers 6 күн бұрын

      Yeah I know, cant Kony just do what he wants in peace

    • Gabemissouri
      Gabemissouri 12 күн бұрын +1

      ​@Cxarhom’ell I'm a Christian and I agree with you. Glad to find someone else who believes that we are worshipping the same God. Yet some refuse to acknowledge it despite the glaring similarities between the religions. Good on you👍

    • Luca Mckenn
      Luca Mckenn Ай бұрын

      Who Kony?

  • maccas
    maccas 2 ай бұрын +129

    Kony 2012 pretty much foreshadowed all social justice events for the next decade. Someone actually wants to make a change in the world, it becomes a trend, people start spreading the word but not actually helping and then it just never gets solved. This happens again and again.

    • Walter Rising
      Walter Rising 6 күн бұрын +2


    • MegaHam
      MegaHam 15 күн бұрын +3

      Yep, great team work guys 🤡

    • Homoflexual
      Homoflexual 21 күн бұрын +9

      Virtue signal but don't actually help anyone

  • Rabbi Herschel Lieberman-Bergblattstein
    Rabbi Herschel Lieberman-Bergblattstein  Жыл бұрын +2894

    The fact that "Kony 2012" sounds like an election slogan makes me want a t-shirt that says "Don't blame me, I voted for Joseph Kony."

      JUGGSTAR 2 ай бұрын

      @Tag533 same i just now found out it wasn’t people making fun of the elections. I thought it was like how ppl said Kanye 2020 and shit like that😂

    • Condor
      Condor 4 ай бұрын

      @Max Dowis Just thought it’d be funny since Joseph Kony and president Joe (Joseph) Biden have the same first name, to have a Biden shirt where Biden is replaced with kony.

    • Max Dowis
      Max Dowis 4 ай бұрын

      @Condor there are too many elections being discussed in this comment thread to identify what you're talking about. Can you explain?

    • Romantic Outlaw
      Romantic Outlaw 5 ай бұрын

      deadass I didn't know who Kony was or what the situation was, I just knew it involved saving kids. For years I did think it was some kind of campaign

    • Condor
      Condor 5 ай бұрын +4

      A Joseph R Biden but Biden is crossed out and replaced with Kony

  • Dihexa
    Dihexa 8 ай бұрын +208

    Psychosis is no joke, there was a very real risk that Jason could have caused DEADLY harm to himself, and the people around him. I appreciate the fact that Internet Historian did not mock this life-threatening medical emergency

  • Daily Dose Of Internet
    Daily Dose Of Internet 4 жыл бұрын +4771

    I still have my Kony 2012 poster from my dorm room for meme reasons. My entire campus was covered in "Kony 2012" stuff. Chalk on the sidewalk, posters, etc.

  • tifforo1
    tifforo1  Жыл бұрын +4545

    CNN got angry about simplifying a complex issue into a 30 minute emotionally driven summary because they were jealous that when they do the same thing, they have to cut to a commercial break in the middle and ask what Twitter thinks of the issue.

    • Ozmond
      Ozmond 5 сағат бұрын

      @MyNameBeRamen lol do you just believe everything that is told to you

    • Ozmond
      Ozmond 5 сағат бұрын

      Lol cope

    • Luca Mckenn
      Luca Mckenn Ай бұрын

      @Sercer25 it's no satire. Trump got people's cognitive dissonance in such a twist that they dredge him up anytime, all the time, everytime.

    • Little patience for self righteous moral hypocrites
      Little patience for self righteous moral hypocrites 4 ай бұрын

      Hahahaha.....I know right? That's literally ALL CNN now does 😂😂😂 . It's pretty much standard operating procedure for mainstream media now with complex issues happening in other parts of the world..

    • Duncan Morin
      Duncan Morin 5 ай бұрын +3

      There’s reasons Fox is unaccredited and embraced entertainment as opposed to news, sure they mostly did it in an attempt to avoid lawsuits. They also have incredibly low confidence in the intelligence of their viewers.
      Simpsons did an animated ‘fox news’ style interview with Krusty the Clown. Matt Groening was told they couldn’t do that again as it might confuse Fox News viewers. Basically saying they don’t think the average Fox News viewer can tell the difference between animation and reality.
      CNN really isn’t any better though I just think the Simpsons Fox thing is hilariously insulting to people that blindly listen to them. Fox News, fair and balanced ROFL

  • Evan Ahearne
    Evan Ahearne  Жыл бұрын +640

    "men can enjoy musicals, it's current year." what a prescient statement, so timeless

    • WillieManga
      WillieManga 22 күн бұрын

      ​@Escher_Sprite I think they are insecure about other people liking what they don't like. God forbid I genuinely enjoy Audrey II's diss track.

    • Bjorick
      Bjorick Ай бұрын +6

      @Ryn McKin count your blessings, when I was growing up, the floor was made of lava and we couldn't get up off the couch until it was time to eat or go to bed

    • Ryn McKin
      Ryn McKin 4 ай бұрын +2

      “It is the current year” hmm yes the floor here is made out of floor

    • [georgianhorse]
      [georgianhorse] 10 ай бұрын +16

      @Escher_Sprite some of them do. Many of them don’t.

    • Escher_Sprite
      Escher_Sprite 10 ай бұрын +7

      @[georgianhorse] If by "insecure" you mean they genuinely just disike musicals, then sure go ahead and spite them. I'm sure that won't say more about you than them.

  • Ozymandias
    Ozymandias 3 ай бұрын +424

    It’s 2022, a decade later, and Joseph Kony is still happily roaming the jungles of Africa.

    • IGN: ovulate
      IGN: ovulate 22 күн бұрын

      You've seen him in person? You know Kony so well why ain't you stop him?

    • FloofTea
      FloofTea 23 күн бұрын +3

      ​@James Court it was a joke

    • Jackson Muay Thai
      Jackson Muay Thai Ай бұрын +3

      @Videre Vero yea slowing dying of diabetes (? I think) and having to forever live in fear is no way to live. But maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part

    • Videre Vero
      Videre Vero 2 ай бұрын +3

      Well not exactly happily. Apparently the guy is pretty sickly.

    • James Court
      James Court 2 ай бұрын +11

      @Rydz wtf dude hes a horrible person!!

  • Albert White
    Albert White 2 жыл бұрын +2087

    Kony in Uganda be like "oh shit that vid went viral, I better stop being evil"

    • Aaron Morales Jr
      Aaron Morales Jr 3 ай бұрын

      Kony be like i’m turning over a new leaf

    • FarmYard Gaming
      FarmYard Gaming  Жыл бұрын

      @I'm not the Walrus Haha

    • School Project Productions
      School Project Productions  Жыл бұрын +24

      “Hey some Americans on the internet, which basically doesn’t exist in this part of Uganda, don’t like what we’re doing. Guess it’s time to reevaluate our morals because people on the internet are going to do, uhhhh, something if we don’t stop. The Ugandan military is facing difficulties stopping us and we don’t mind conscripting literal children to help fight them off, but God forbid it if people on the internet don’t approve of our actions. We wouldn’t want them to raise awareness of our actions that the Ugandan people, military, and government, having experienced it first hand, are very much already aware of!”
      -Joseph Kony Stark

    • Caroline Wald
      Caroline Wald  Жыл бұрын +6

      @I'm not the Walrus accurate

    • I'm not the Walrus
      I'm not the Walrus  Жыл бұрын +50

      @tjitjo How instagram throws a temper tantrum once they get accurately called out for barely contributing to society with how they think shit gets solved.

  • Ota
    Ota  Жыл бұрын +743

    Was so funny how everyone got up in arms about this for social credits then didn't give a solitary shit 6 months later

    • Knightphall
      Knightphall Ай бұрын +1

      And years later, nothing has changed. I hear next to nothing about SUPPORT UKRAINE now.

    • skakirask
      skakirask Ай бұрын

      6 hours for most people

    • mpforeverunlimited
      mpforeverunlimited 2 ай бұрын +2

      6 days

    • john gleason
      john gleason 3 ай бұрын +2

      It was a preview of Black Lives Matter in 2020

    • Gopher
      Gopher 3 ай бұрын +1

      @wustachemax What's so bad about supporting Ukraine?

  • AlternateHistoryHub
    AlternateHistoryHub 4 жыл бұрын +38678

    Kony sought refuge in Wakanda which is why we cant find him

    • Hostage negotiations
      Hostage negotiations 2 ай бұрын

      I knew it

    • Sam
      Sam 2 ай бұрын

      wakanda load of BS is that

    • Milo
      Milo 5 ай бұрын

      Alt history video ?

    • Del Taco Jordan
      Del Taco Jordan 5 ай бұрын

      Cody…. I love you for this comment

    • Dimitri Williams
      Dimitri Williams 5 ай бұрын

      For a second I thought that this post was serious and now I want die

  • Rinji
    Rinji  Жыл бұрын +701

    I attended an Invisible Children event as a teenager in 2009 in which me and a couple hundred other kids marched a mile or so down the street (on the sidewalk) (to symbolize how the child soldiers have to walk a lot), attended a concert, and then camped out in a field. It was very fun but I had been wondering ever since what it accomplished.

    • Luca Mckenn
      Luca Mckenn Ай бұрын +1

      It accomplished absolutely nothing.

    • Meme Memeson
      Meme Memeson 3 ай бұрын

      @asuhdude Nothing says "slactivism" quite like the Yellow Ribbon Brigades of the Forever War

    • Roger Morales
      Roger Morales 4 ай бұрын +1

      @Stephen Padlock oh the irony in your statement

    • Tr33chimes
      Tr33chimes 6 ай бұрын +7

      @Stephen Padlock And yet, they're the pathetic one here?

  • BabyPalpatine
    BabyPalpatine  Жыл бұрын +637

    Honestly I dont think the guy that started Kony 2012 did anything wrong, he tried to raise awareness for a horrible atrocity, having people know is the first step to having governments take action. He got a lot more money and fame than he anticipated and didnt know what to do with it, but he achieved his goal and single-handedly made the entire world take the first step to stop the issue.

    • BabyPalpatine
      BabyPalpatine 3 ай бұрын +6

      ​@asuhdude It is very "20th century thinking" to underestimate the power of communication, mass media, and information. The world has changed, information is now the most powerful weapon and tool (just look at Trump or Russia), you can feel better about yourself by criticising "slacktivisits" without doing anything either, but the Kony guy spread awareness that pushes people to complain and politicians/companies to act.

    • Fowchiii LIED, PUPPIES DIED
      Fowchiii LIED, PUPPIES DIED 3 ай бұрын +1

      He was a closet case. He had other issues.

    • Meme Memeson
      Meme Memeson 4 ай бұрын +1

      LOL He did exactly what his CIA handlers told him to do. If he went crazy, that's on him. LOL

  • Rufert
    Rufert 10 ай бұрын +336

    I'm ashamed to admit that before watching this video I had just assumed Kony2012 was someone running for President.

    • BlownMacTruck
      BlownMacTruck 13 күн бұрын

      @Rufert You seem to think this was a movement confined to a single country, despite that being a giant point of the video you're commenting on.

    • Rufert
      Rufert 13 күн бұрын +1

      @BlownMacTruck Doubling down on the assumption that it's my country I see.

    • BlownMacTruck
      BlownMacTruck 13 күн бұрын

      @Rufert That's a false equivalency. That's like saying "the election of the leader of my country isn't something I keep up with."

    • Rufert
      Rufert 13 күн бұрын +1

      @BlownMacTruck I'm sorry if me not keeping up with every season of America is negatively impacting it. It just isn't interesting or even remotely relevant to me.

  • Amateur Programmer
    Amateur Programmer 6 ай бұрын +132

    the handbag that says "I heart Kony" is either a galaxy brain counterculture play or someone getting wooshed so hard that they somehow managed to miss what the people who missed the point thought the point was. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

    • Meme Memeson
      Meme Memeson 4 ай бұрын +6

      I think it's time for a Kony comeback tour in 2022

  • King Flumph
    King Flumph 3 ай бұрын +211

    There's really no way to win when it comes to social causes. If you do nothing, then you're complacent. If you try something, then for every piece of support you get, there's someone trying to get in your way and tear you down. "Why aren't you doing anything?" Or "why haven't you solved everything yet?" I honestly understand why people just put their heads down and try to go on. That's what makes the people who actually try something so impressive to me.
    Douglass, Tubman, Truth, and many others all tried their hardest to work against slavery in the US. They had won, they could have stayed safe in their freedom. They had no reason to believe they would succeed in changing anything. And society at large didn't even really want them to succeed. But they did it anyway. I hope I have that kind of fortitude someday.

    • Chiptux
      Chiptux 15 күн бұрын

      ​@lockeforeer Because activism is supposed to help

    • Chiptux
      Chiptux 20 күн бұрын

      ​@lockeforeer Because the year is 2023 and the lra Is still a thing kony is alive absolutely nothing has changed

    • Chiptux
      Chiptux 20 күн бұрын

      ​@lockeforeer He could have donated the money to the military which would have actually made a change

    • Chiptux
      Chiptux 20 күн бұрын

      ​@Luca Mckenn Because it radiates off I'm such a good person energy

  • Warp Speed Chic
    Warp Speed Chic 2 жыл бұрын +7544

    This poor man had a stress induced psychotic episode and was humiliated on tv while someone else made $30,000 off his hardship

    • Androidmk
      Androidmk Ай бұрын

      It's a weird world we live in where a man can profit off a man having a mental breakdown.

    • Bodie Collection
      Bodie Collection Ай бұрын

      @lasarousi lmfao whatever helps you cope with unwillingness to work 🤣

    • Ball
      Ball Ай бұрын

      Still better than Mormon romney and obama Hussein

    • Ball
      Ball Ай бұрын

      Good he’s a grifter who made us all think kony was running for president

  • Cinders
    Cinders  Жыл бұрын +969

    Woo boy, Jason pretty much losing his mind is hilarious when you are just seeing a video of it, but is terrifying when you yourself experience it.
    I used to have a pretty shitty life and the only person I cared about was my grandmother, who raised me since I was born, so when she died when I was 16 I just kinda snapped.
    I honestly dont remember what exactly happened, just I blinked and suddenly my bedroom was totally wrecked, tons of holes punched in the walls, pretty much every bone in my left hand was broken.

    • BasicPrinciplesGTA
      BasicPrinciplesGTA 2 ай бұрын

      @Oreosmilkshake See, I too am a firm believer in this. I'm glad someone else gets it.

    • FocusFailing
      FocusFailing 6 ай бұрын +4

      It's crazy that your brain can just... Snap y'know

    • The Last Methbender
      The Last Methbender 8 ай бұрын +2

      @Derpsider I'm sorry you feel that way.

    • Daniel Flanard
      Daniel Flanard 10 ай бұрын +5

      Sorry ≠ Apologize
      Sorry definition
      1. feeling distress, especially through sympathy with someone else's misfortune.
      "I was sorry to hear about what happened to your family"

  • dannytheman1313
    dannytheman1313 11 ай бұрын +155

    This is one of those things where you can kind of tell he just wanted to help a cause he really believed in people but the whole thing ballooned beyond his control. Like he really had a psychotic break that wasn't someone who just started acting crazy so people would back off it genuinely seemed like he lost himself

    • dannytheman1313
      dannytheman1313 3 ай бұрын +6

      @o k From what I've seen the bulk of the money spent was used on the campaign its self to keep up the momentum. Sadly, like with many relief efforts involving warlords any aid that is spent the warlords get their hands on and just goes into fueling their war effort.

    • Meme Memeson
      Meme Memeson 4 ай бұрын +1

      LOL I can just kind of tell that he wanted desperately to be famous and get "clout" before clout was a thing, and had no scruples about serving as a conduit for CIA/Pentagon propaganda if that's what it took. Too bad (/s) that he ended up getting dosed with LSD or whatever they did to him. He kinda deserved it.

  • н.джед.т
    н.джед.т 7 ай бұрын +27

    The small scale campaigns Invisible Children is still doing are actually pretty effective on the ground. Their Early Warning Radio Network unites local communities, the fliers and local radio broadcasts and defection programs in the region keep Kony (and his son) from being able to exert influence over his commanders, which keeps the group splintered and unable to regroup. Chances are high Kony never saw the video himself, and quite possibly he never heard of Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt (though he & the LRA were apparently Rambo fans), but he and his commanders definitely heard & hear local radio broadcasts & find fliers in the bush, enabling child soldiers to escape. It also seems to have motivated several mass defections, one in 2012 and one (I think) last year, each of which significantly reduced the kidnapped women and children held by the remaining group. One of the larger remaining splinter groups is even reportedly in discussions of surrender. It worked, crazy as it was, at the local level. Whatever folks in Kampala or Montreal thought.

  • C
    C 2 жыл бұрын +189

    “If you talkin’ about Kony I feel bad for you son
    (Troll face)
    He snatched 99 kids and your poster saved none”
    That’s a good one.

  • Spooniisyourpal
    Spooniisyourpal Ай бұрын +6

    I remember at the height of this, my dad took me on a fishing trip. We went to this super remote town in Australia because it had a really good lake for fishing. About twenty minutes out from this town we stopped the car so I could take a leak on the side of the road and I saw on the nearby electricity pole a big Kony 2012 poster.

  • 파르테
    파르테 3 жыл бұрын +2869

    “People were up to pretty much anything to stop Kony, as long as it didn’t involve any practical action”
    Yup, that sounds like the internet I know

    • WillieManga
      WillieManga 22 күн бұрын

      @Dereenaldo Ambun Could you please not..?

    • Alexander Christopher
      Alexander Christopher 2 жыл бұрын

      Matt L Well, that was mainly the conservatives and politicians trying to do damage control after some firearm tragedy.
      The kind of activism this whole thread are tired off is an offensive move. Thoughts and prayers are defensive. Other than that, they’re the same.

    • Matt L
      Matt L 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Big Boss not just leftist. Ever hear of “thoughts and prayers”

    • Isacraft 24
      Isacraft 24 2 жыл бұрын +8

      @Jeramy Steve more to harm third parties/innocent people than actually solve the issues, the massive looting/riots of these days is a good example of that, geez I saw BLM protestors having more concerns about lgbtq rights than stop police brutality, at the end it's more about elections and Trump than anything else, meanwhile even kids has been killed by "protestors" with rifles during the Chaz phase.

    • Jeramy Steve
      Jeramy Steve 2 жыл бұрын +4

      More like real life activists. The people on the internet are far more capable than you think.

  • X
    X  Жыл бұрын +69

    This story should be taught in psych classes when learning about savior complexes and where it could lead

  • Nico
    Nico  Жыл бұрын +60

    I remember so many hardcore and punk shows having Invisible Children merch for sale but it all had zero context and most of the people who ran the booths couldn’t even fully explain what it was all about. Most people thought it was a band lol.

  • TransformersBoss
    TransformersBoss 2 ай бұрын +1

    My friends and I used to have intense Nerf gun battles, and one day one of the guys was like “alright, team, let’s prioritize stealth this time. We’ll be the Invisible Children! Team Joseph Kony!” And we proceeded to call ourselves team Kony for the rest of the evening.

  • hunter mooney
    hunter mooney  Жыл бұрын +36

    All this stuff in the video is fantastic, but I think it's really heartwarming and sweet that he married his best friend that he's known since he was 7.

  • Paul S Rohrbaugh
    Paul S Rohrbaugh 11 ай бұрын +22

    Not trying to say your old content was better by any means, but damn you had some lightning in a bottle. You've actually done an amazing job, keeping up with current events while not being canceled. Although I can imagine there are a dozen half finished projects you shelved out of caution that you would have released without hesitation 4 years ago. I've seen this video 50 times but it still felt good to watch it again and reminisce.

  • D-Fens
    D-Fens 2 жыл бұрын +15019

    “People were up for anything as long as it didn’t involve practical action.”
    Hm... not much has changed

    • Osama
      Osama Ай бұрын

      @Bjorick it is not. It's more like when you are clearly sick and a friend, who isn't a professional, is telling you that you are sick and so you ask them:", What's the cure then? If you can make such a diagnosis, you must also know how to fix this"
      Your point doesn't make any sense. The girl isn't a professional, she's a worried person. The facts she uses are scientifically proven and available to the public, but honestly, I don't know what she has been doing this last year.
      But hey, I guess that a random teenager should be able to fix climate change by themselves just because they know it's happening.

    • Videre Vero
      Videre Vero 2 ай бұрын

      That’s how humans work my guy. Actual work or impact on their lives are never gone through with unless it actually effects them. Human nature.

    • Matthew Jones
      Matthew Jones 2 ай бұрын

      @Sascha Benjamin Music What were they fighting? Having less TVs than what they wanted?

  • Yusei Satou
    Yusei Satou  Жыл бұрын +70

    11:34 "if you talking about kony, I feel so bad for you son. He snatched 99 kids and your poster saved none"

  • Thorrork Airsoft
    Thorrork Airsoft 2 жыл бұрын +64

    I don't understand how I used the internet in 2012 and managed to never hear of this until almost 10 years later 😂

    • V
      V Ай бұрын

      If you were active on YT the comments were full of KONY 2012 comments all over

    • Don’t Talk To Me You’re Annoying
      Don’t Talk To Me You’re Annoying 2 ай бұрын

      Oh if you were in college you knew

    • Uh, okay then…
      Uh, okay then…  Жыл бұрын

      I was 11 and knew a little bit of it through moviestarplanet lmao

    • Countries To Go
      Countries To Go  Жыл бұрын +3

      If you weren't on Facebook it was easy to miss actually. I only knew about it because some of my friends changed their profile pictures and I saw their conversations for how serious it was through them.

  • z_ster 2000
    z_ster 2000  Жыл бұрын +77

    The only thing i remember about this incident was my 7th grade english teacher making us write personal letters to the leader of some African country to call to an end to the violence and I was so weirded out by the whole thing

    • WJGM
      WJGM Ай бұрын

      Bro that’s gold comedy

    • Marcel K
      Marcel K 3 ай бұрын

      @Meme Memeson silly meme

    • Lord Grumbot
      Lord Grumbot 4 ай бұрын

      @Meme Memeson 50?

    • Meme Memeson
      Meme Memeson 4 ай бұрын

      Jesus Christ. When I was in the 7th grade, they had the Jonestown Massacre. We thanfully didn't have to write letters, but we did have to listen to a bunch of bullshit.

    • Cowboy Tanaka
      Cowboy Tanaka 5 ай бұрын +2

      oh my god this is so 2012

  • Dan Prater
    Dan Prater 11 ай бұрын +34

    I remember this. And how insanely fervent some of my former friends got in supporting this cause they somehow instantly became brainwashed into believing this and throwing money at it

    • Hercules Balls
      Hercules Balls 4 ай бұрын +3

      @CoreyThePeanut Other than making the founder rich and accomplishing nothing, it was totally not a hoax. I'm sure everyone who gave money knew they weren't going to help anyone but the founder.

    • CoreyThePeanut
      CoreyThePeanut 5 ай бұрын +2

      Well I mean it wasn’t a hoax or anything

  • DRpePPer1300
    DRpePPer1300 Ай бұрын +2

    I remember when this was going on someone in my health class convinced the teacher to put the video on over the board. I think some people donated in class too

  • TheAMaazing
    TheAMaazing 4 жыл бұрын +829

    I can't believe they managed to catch him by using the Angelina Jolie + Brad Pitt-trap!!!
    RIP Kony 😔😔😔

    • String
      String 4 жыл бұрын +13

      Ikr! How did he fall for the classic Brangelina trap, it's the oldest trick in the book.

    • solid
      solid 4 жыл бұрын +6


    • the silliest of creatures
      the silliest of creatures 4 жыл бұрын +16

      May Kony be peaceful in the afterlife RIP great guy 😞

  • Alexander Korotkov
    Alexander Korotkov 2 жыл бұрын +20

    I remember in High School convincing several teachers to watch the entire video during class. It was a productive week.

  • D M
    D M  Жыл бұрын +4

    Yep I remember this. I followed it like everyone else, posted a Kony 2012 picture on my Facebook, then I heard all the criticism and felt almost duped. My friend at school who was from Uganda (who left as a toddler) also said that she called her aunt who still lived there to ask about her it. Her aunt explained that Kony hadn’t really been a threat to safety in Uganda for years and he was assumed to just be hiding somewhere in the forest in one of Uganda’s neighbouring countries. I know I was 16-17 at the time but I still feel stupid for falling for such patronising obvious white saviour bullshit.

  • Batchima
    Batchima 7 күн бұрын +1

    This is actually an interesting social experiment. Make people believe their fighting for a cause.

  • Moosesniffer
    Moosesniffer 5 ай бұрын +63

    The fact kony will never be aware any of this happened is hilarious.

    • 2006man
      2006man Ай бұрын +1

      ​@Al Fall Doot He sent a note to the government, apparently.

    • 2006man
      2006man Ай бұрын +2

      He's actually aware of it and even commented on it, apparently having sent a note to governors and saying the video is a "mass trickery."

    • Al Fall Doot
      Al Fall Doot 2 ай бұрын +2

      @Lord Grumbot How did they interview an African warlord

    • Lord Grumbot
      Lord Grumbot 4 ай бұрын +3

      he definitely did he had interviews

  • Valthonis Paladine
    Valthonis Paladine 16 күн бұрын +1

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • G_gamer 31
    G_gamer 31 2 жыл бұрын +3183

    Imagine mastering a high school musical so well that everyone questions your sexuality.

    • potatopotatoe
      potatopotatoe  Жыл бұрын +3

      Triple G energy
      Gurlboss Gaslight Gatekeeping energy!

    • Bill
      Bill 2 жыл бұрын

      Yeah. Imagine.

    • mistervanderveer
      mistervanderveer 2 жыл бұрын +8

      My gaydar is giving me a *raging* positive on this guy. I mean, we were all thinking it and he knew it. Fucking hilarious.

  • JGH Music
    JGH Music 9 ай бұрын +4

    I feel for this man, I’ve gone through psychosis and it’s scary and uncontrollable

  • insaneoflex01
    insaneoflex01  Жыл бұрын +28

    I remember seeing a video of an English reporter finding and interviewing Kony and it basically destroyed the entire hype for me. I’m surprised you didn’t bring it up in the video

  • Austin Smith
    Austin Smith  Жыл бұрын +6

    I clicked on this because I was scared to death by the kony2012 video when I was in 5th grade. Your channel is a beautiful mix of knowledge, showmanship, and comedy. Incredible job

  • ToxicMidnight
    ToxicMidnight 2 ай бұрын +1

    A lot can change in 10 years. It clearly did. This poor guy was really trying to make a change. glad hes doing better.

  • Lover Deadly
    Lover Deadly  Жыл бұрын +9

    I was in college when this was going on. All I remember about was it went viral and then everyone said it was a scam. Now these “scams for a cause” are a dime a dozen.

  • Meridia's Bacon
    Meridia's Bacon 4 жыл бұрын +9748

    The "plot" about Angelina Jolie flying off to Uganda and luring Kony to a trap sounds like something straight from South Park. Good god, how can anyone come up with that and be serious about it?

    • Kenny Powers
      Kenny Powers 4 ай бұрын

      Because it would be an entertaining movie, I don’t get what would be bad about it

    • CoreyThePeanut
      CoreyThePeanut 5 ай бұрын

      @Eoin McDonnell WHICH EPISODE

    • Duncan Morin
      Duncan Morin 5 ай бұрын

      @Thomas Wolosik considering similar plans were successfully carried out before that movie why not? People in power that get away with things like this get arrogant and think they’re invincible

    • Condor
      Condor 5 ай бұрын +1

      We basically did a similar thing to catch El Chapo. Sean Penn interviewed him and that helped reveal his hideout.

  • VanguardTrainer924
    VanguardTrainer924  Жыл бұрын +7

    I just recently finished a move and actually found my Kony2012 kit while packing. It still had everything inside. My school did schedule a night out for the thing but I guess I must have not went since it still had everything including the candy the school threw in to entice people to do it, I found out near ten year old starbursts aren’t edible.

  • CC 07
    CC 07 2 жыл бұрын +26

    I vaguely remember this. I actually wondered about what happened to Koni just recently lol.
    Anyway I dont think raising awareness for such a crisis is wrong. It just shows us how powerful media can be without ever doing anything good with it.

    • Will Fakaroni
      Will Fakaroni 3 ай бұрын

      In 2018 it was reported that kony had type 2 diabetes, which out their is a death sentence. It has into been confirmed but he’s probably dead by now

  • Skeletor Is here
    Skeletor Is here 7 ай бұрын +5

    I remember my school going all in on this in 2012, and after the nudity incident they dropped it and acted like it never happened.

  • Drinkyoghurt
    Drinkyoghurt  Жыл бұрын +1

    Man, real life is really crazier than the movies.

  • Kegan Mahon
    Kegan Mahon 2 ай бұрын +2

    When I was in college, my foreign roommate got a box of Kony merchandise in the mail one week. There was no explaining it to him, so I just shook my head and walked away.

  • Yippee!
    Yippee! 4 жыл бұрын +11624

    If I was a Ugandan warlord and just found out a firstworld country was gonna want to kill me with dancing and celebreties, I'd probably just move on with my day and do more warlord things

    • Condor
      Condor 5 ай бұрын

      Imagine if Kony had a sniper kill Pitt and Jolie

    • woonie
      woonie 2 жыл бұрын +1

      SP Tony tf they gonna do? spam the comments with “OMG U R SO BAD!!”
      The worst thing that could possibly happen is the IG account getting banned

    • DeathnoteBB
      DeathnoteBB 3 жыл бұрын

      Yippee Yeah that’s why everyone made fun of and jumped on Kony 2012. Feel bad for the guy that went crazy though.

    • Ezeqeel
      Ezeqeel 3 жыл бұрын

      All this hunt against Kony. He must actually be a good guy. I'd hang out with dim and get to know da wae

  • Seth Burrow
    Seth Burrow 5 ай бұрын +3

    I was 11 when the Kony 2012 video came out and remember being so upset about what was happening to those kids that I was seriously grieving, even as a kid.
    Then to see the truth come out, and the aftermath of it all, it really taught me a HUGE lesson to not listen to everything I read online…

  • Eli Society
    Eli Society Ай бұрын +2

    i was 10 when all this was happening and today is when i finally find out wtf ‘Kony 2012’ even meant 😅

  • Silmapuoli
    Silmapuoli 2 ай бұрын +3

    Can't believe it's been 10 years since Kony2012.

  • Kurtis O'Brien
    Kurtis O'Brien  Жыл бұрын +3

    I will never forget my art teacher in middle school giving us a brief story about this and asking us to ask our parents to donate. Crazy when I heard the truth about it all.

    • Oscar Salesgirl
      Oscar Salesgirl  Жыл бұрын +1

      The truth is that there was literally nothing wrong with it

  • Haqieqat Jawando
    Haqieqat Jawando 2 ай бұрын

    I remember how insane this was... for like several months lol

  • Natalia H
    Natalia H 2 жыл бұрын +7539

    He should have recruited 4chan and he would have tracked down Kony in 28 hours and had a drone drop a bomb on him within 32 hours.

    • Your_ Name_Here
      Your_ Name_Here Ай бұрын


    • Abdullah Omar Nasseef
      Abdullah Omar Nasseef Ай бұрын

      4chan ain't like what it used to be during the days of all these hunts, its just unmoderated reddit now

  • VampiricN1ght
    VampiricN1ght  Жыл бұрын +4

    I remember being in school when this happened, and the teachers who explained this described it basically as the Me Too Movement... something about sexism in Hollywood and this proved that so wrong

  • Zach Gates
    Zach Gates 2 жыл бұрын +32

    Always felt bad for this guy. He had a topic he was passionate about and wanted to raise awareness and it went completely fucking insane. His heart was in the right place.

  • nugsboodlepoo
    nugsboodlepoo 4 ай бұрын +1

    I lost it at the massive "we *here* their cries" sign at 11:36.

  • MrCoolSmoovie
    MrCoolSmoovie  Жыл бұрын +2

    “People were up for pretty much anything to stop this monster as long as it didn’t involve any practical action.”
    That quote is simultaneously hilarious and sad

  • Stanley
    Stanley Ай бұрын +1

    Koney is a new millennium, African chic bad boy🥰 I want to grow up to be just like him ✅✅✅

  • Remi
    Remi 3 жыл бұрын +8383

    "Everyone were up for pretty much anything to stop Kony as long as long as it didn't involve any practical action" This applies so well on so many of these "movements" these days

    • Coochie flip flops
      Coochie flip flops 3 ай бұрын

      @Ahren Scholz "they already have equal rights" ya...in the west. Iran, Nigeria, India, china, Qatar...do u want me to keep going? the west is literally only a small part of the world.

    • Jayce Jole
      Jayce Jole 4 ай бұрын

      Probably because humans are meant to be in small communities. If we don't know someone irl, we can't care THAT much. We have our own lives to worry about already

    • Vince
      Vince 7 ай бұрын

      That's what I hate about these times

  • HeadBeeGuy
    HeadBeeGuy  Жыл бұрын +2

    Kony2012 is the perfect example of the 6 second (do we have to start over) attention span of internet activism. I remember when this stuff came out and I was like, yeah guys, they made that movie in 2006 with Leo...

  • ZoeAlleyne
    ZoeAlleyne 4 ай бұрын

    I remember hearing about Kony in 2012, doing some research and realising it wasn't all as easy as people thought it would be and that some of the reactions were a bit cringe. But honestly the people who smugly slammed it while doing nothing but harassing this dude were way worse than some naive but well meaning youths.

  • Cha🍕
    Cha🍕 2 ай бұрын

    I remember when one of the Kony guys drank his own pee because people were trolling him online😂

  • Thespis64
    Thespis64  Жыл бұрын +2

    I was fucking blown away by the Captain EO parody about Kony2012, but what's more mind-boggling is that it's official, meaning the guy who started Kony2012 (already a compelling figure in his own right) has heard of Captain EO.

  • Tj Rizvi
    Tj Rizvi 8 ай бұрын +12

    I genuinely hope he's doing okay. He just wanted to bring awareness to a serious issue, but they thought he was going to mobilize an army (or I guess Brad Pitt and Co). Dude just cracked from all the attention.
    I don't pity him. I genuinely feel bad for him.

    • Chinchin lovs
      Chinchin lovs 7 ай бұрын

      same here, he was trying his hardest and the media was basically spitting in his face the whole way. all the man wanted was to bring awareness so the us or any government might do something. the celeberty thing isnt even that bad of an idea, its defenitly weird but its been done before i just dont think hed really know the celeberties though lmao. its just whack because he wanted to spread awarenes and peope put all the responsibility on him.

  • Beatrise Kaminska
    Beatrise Kaminska 2 жыл бұрын +6363

    I think the guy was just a passionate filmmaker who wanted to do something good but all he really could do was “spread awareness” in hopes that some people in power will notice it and develop a strategy to fix it. He never promised to fix it himself but that’s how it came across to many.

    • Keni Rainseeker
      Keni Rainseeker 5 ай бұрын

      I think he was a scammer. Where'd the money go?

    • Dirty Doctor Dan
      Dirty Doctor Dan 5 ай бұрын

      @Randy Bobandy is true, do a google

    • Randy Bobandy
      Randy Bobandy 5 ай бұрын

      @Dirty Doctor Dan right.....

    • Condor
      Condor 5 ай бұрын

      His team did a nice scam tho, even if he wasn’t trying to do that

    • Concept
      Concept 5 ай бұрын

      @Dirty Doctor Dan Based COVID

  • Theo
    Theo  Жыл бұрын +18

    I do admire Jason's dedication to a just and noble cause and while I was not there in Uganda with him, or had a car being shot at infront of me I will say this. Ideals are peaceful, but history is often very violent and even if one were to wave a magic wand and erase Kony from existance itself that does not solve the underlaying issue of by cutting one head off from the Hydra 2 more will sprout up. Ineveitably the vaccume of Konys death/ dissaperence will just motivate someone else perhaps even worse than Kony himself to take the blood soaked reigns of his work. One day I would like to think that Uganda will have a more peaceful and stable future, where children do not have to sleep in the middle of a town square just to be safe from kidnapping - but before that happens alot more people got to die. So as I say ideals are indeed peaceful but history is violent.

    • Will Fakaroni
      Will Fakaroni 3 ай бұрын +2

      Kony’s probably dead now, there isn’t much of a vacuum he left being filled, imagine if in world war 2 the Allies didn’t do anything and said that destroying hitler would just create worse tyrants

  • jerk fudgewater
    jerk fudgewater  Жыл бұрын

    The evil of this world relies on stupid people to attack those that are trying to stop them… it put this guy in a mental hospital. When you see someone fighting for what’s right… give them your support and try to remember that they are only human.

  • Robert Friel
    Robert Friel 7 ай бұрын

    I'm still holding out hope for Kony 2022.
    That guy has to win election someday!

  • Jayla Oliver
    Jayla Oliver  Жыл бұрын +7

    God I remember being in elementary school when all this went down I forgot how crazy 2012 was

  • that guy
    that guy 19 күн бұрын +2

    Holy smokes. This brings me way back.

  • Jun123
    Jun123 3 жыл бұрын +4345

    "... as long as it didn't involve any practical action."
    Yeah ... social media in a nutshell.

    • WillieManga
      WillieManga 22 күн бұрын

      Would you quit your job to go to war?

    • kittykittybangbang
      kittykittybangbang 2 жыл бұрын +2

      Pinterest and Tumblr users in a nutshell

    • kittykittybangbang
      kittykittybangbang 2 жыл бұрын

      @Devon Are you sure about that?

    • woonie
      woonie 2 жыл бұрын

      Contagious Gloom
      Yep, they should raise child soldiers and wage war against them

    • Totally not Zokix11_MC
      Totally not Zokix11_MC 3 жыл бұрын

      Bizzr At least the area 51 "raiders" showed up lol

  • I'm Todd Howard and I made Skyrim fridge edition

    This story gets more batshit insane every second

  • The Mad Girls Club
    The Mad Girls Club 6 ай бұрын +2

    I love how they announced their secret plan on the news.

  • Jay A
    Jay A 4 ай бұрын +12

    Internet Historian in 2018: "I don't want this video to be an hour long or take two more months to make"
    Internet Historian in 2022:

  • Katherine Massey
    Katherine Massey  Жыл бұрын

    They told us about Kony and showed a graphic documentary at my MIDDLE school. Because 11 to 13 year olds are at the right age to learn about horrible treatment of kids their age but with no way to help.
    Donations meant getting a t-shirt or poster in exchange.

  • Admiral Stiffplank
    Admiral Stiffplank  Жыл бұрын

    This is an example of how lies can spread halfway around the world even before the truth can put its pants on!

  • David Maas
    David Maas 3 жыл бұрын +3322

    "You're probably watching this video 7 years later because of a vague memory about Kony"
    Yeah pretty much

    • SKhảihai VN
      SKhảihai VN 11 ай бұрын


    • The Observer
      The Observer 2 жыл бұрын

      Nope just now heard of it

    • cuba
      cuba 2 жыл бұрын

      I didnt know about it just because i moved to the U.S in 2014

    • Astreal Brizbee
      Astreal Brizbee 2 жыл бұрын

      What a time in 2020

    • Famous Flores
      Famous Flores 2 жыл бұрын

      Get out of my head!

  • AA
    AA  Жыл бұрын

    Damn I feel bad for Jason hope he is ok now

  • Julia H
    Julia H  Жыл бұрын +24

    I remember when this happened. I was a freshman in college and we put up signs all over campus. I changed my profile pic as well. At the time I just remember being so overwhelmed when I found out about his existence. Call me ignorant but I just didn’t know he existed. Being a humanitarian, it pulled right at my heart strings. Of course I felt quite ignorant and naive after I did some research.
    Anyway I had no clue that happened to that guy. I feel badly.

  • livininjtown
    livininjtown  Жыл бұрын +1

    I remember this well and everyone watched the video but felt like there was no real plan of action except raising awareness.

  • jessa delix
    jessa delix  Жыл бұрын

    God that musical with the kids is just a meme in itself. Although with modern TikTok dance trends maybe this guy was just ahead of his time…

  • Heath N
    Heath N  Жыл бұрын

    This time 10 years ago, Kony 2012 was all over KZclip comment sections. 10 years! Seems like just a few months ago. Time flies.

  • Bamdenie
    Bamdenie 3 жыл бұрын +6331

    "naturally, questions were raised about his sexual orientation." Is just a nice way to say that 4chan called him gay.

    • 𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳
      𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳𓇳 9 ай бұрын

      @LedosKell Not really. His voice is more like a generic white American guy voice.

    • El Schaett
      El Schaett  Жыл бұрын

      @Amadeo Dante That's just the cali accent i think

    • Grizzledcroc
      Grizzledcroc  Жыл бұрын +3

      @LedosKell Anyone who uses a bean as a insult has no T , get a life

  • Dumb Genious
    Dumb Genious  Жыл бұрын +1

    I feel bad for him. Imagine if in your job people started blaming you for horrific war crimes and million of people turned against you while you ran around the country doing interviews every second. He meant well, and unfortunately there was just too much stress involved

  • Rosie Brind'amour
    Rosie Brind'amour 5 ай бұрын +3

    I wish Jason and his family the best, they deserve it.

  • Alex Acosta
    Alex Acosta  Жыл бұрын

    I remember being in 7th grade when this came out and EVERYONE was putting up posters around the school and town.

  • Daniel Gonzalez
    Daniel Gonzalez 6 ай бұрын

    as a 25 year old who just remembered this highscool, thank you for this aboslute top tier lore on what happened to me. its still wild that this reached schools lmao because i rememberd that little box you got from them

  • Lauren H
    Lauren H  Жыл бұрын

    I was in high school when this happened and I’d forgotten all about it until now. Oh jeez.

  • Mills Haskett
    Mills Haskett 2 жыл бұрын +9145

    Thank god for internet historian, because I was 11 when this happened, and completely missed it. Thanks for the recap.

    • NihilistCoomerLord
      NihilistCoomerLord 9 ай бұрын

      I was 5 so I don’t think I knew what Uganda even was back then

      RETROSPECATIVE 11 ай бұрын

      i was 27 and missed it

    • J D
      J D 11 ай бұрын

      I couldn’t sleep after I watched this

    • xkidmidnightx
      xkidmidnightx 11 ай бұрын +1

      This was the precursor to the “must be outraged over current thing” stuff going on every week now.

    • Mike00
      Mike00  Жыл бұрын +1

      I was 2

  • NomaD
    NomaD  Жыл бұрын +9

    I remember they showed this to me in middle school, and everyone believed it and I think donated money. Gotta love the American education system.

  • Justin KIK
    Justin KIK 4 ай бұрын

    Just stumbled across this creator today and wow, what an entertaining creator.