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Joseph Kony 2012: Be Honest, Had You Even Heard Of This Guy Before This Week?


If you’re like us, you’ve probably absolutely had it with Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony — we’re not talking about his army of child sex slaves (which, of course, is horrible), we’re talking about the seemingly endless Kony-related posts on Facebook and other social media forums.

The NGO Invisible Children has successfully made Kony the most famous person on Facebook (this week, anyway) in an attempt to spread the word about the atrocities for which he’s responsible (the roughly 66,000 children he’s abducted and forced to fight in his “Lord’s Resistance Army,” the displacement of more than two million people as he’s wreaked havoc across Uganda, etc.).

The problem, however, is that this is nothing new — Kony’s been at it for nearly three decades and already has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The only difference now is that he’s currently famous amongst Western 20-somethings, who spend more time dickin’ around on Facebook,
impotently chiming in on world issues, than they do participating in things that could actually result in any sort of positive change.In other words, “liking” “Kony 2012” makes about as much difference as “liking” “Snooki’s” upcoming pregnancy,

Yet, everybody’s doing it; so we want to know, New York — and be honest — had you even heard about Joseph Kony before Joseph Kony 2012 dropped on Tuesday?

Cast your vote below.

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