The KONY2012 Campaign
Joseph Kony is a monster who has enslaved kids into either prostitution or made them into soldiers after taking them out of their homes. Thanks to a 30-minute documentary (which you can watch in its entirety above) by Invisible Children (a non-profit organization), they've gotten their film on this jerk, titled Kony 2012, to go viral, getting over 40 million views in just three days and climbing.
This is something that everyone can rally over since children are being exploited, abused and tortured, so the video's goal is to make enough money and to raise enough awareness to make Joseph Kony famous.
The evocative video has brought some people to be skeptical about how much of the money goes to the actual cause, though, which has stirred some controversy. Popular blogs and celebrities like Wil Wheaton have commented on where the money goes, and think there are better causes people can donate to in order to have more of an impact/get more bang for their charitable buck.
Here's the campaign's response to its critics (including a graph of where all the money goes and how the campaign will actually make a difference).
Now that you're basically caught up (this page will be updated as more news comes along), here are the funniest, most horribly "too soon" reactions to the Joseph Kony and the KONY2012 campaign the internet had to offer.
And now, for the stupid jokes.
A Hardcore Trolling Idea from 4Chan
Take this image and post it talking about "how awesome this guy is" (the man pictured below is Carl Weathers's badass character from the movie Predator):
Here's this image being used in action:
Some People Think This is a Coney Island Hot Dog Campaign
Reddit User Sees Kony Poster on LSD
Redidt user tookiselite12 took some LSD and saw the Kony poster. This is how he viewed it at the time:
The Fresh Prince of Child Soldiers (Offensive)
Aaaand now, the horribly offensive (yet impressively put together as far as keeping with the meter of the song goes) Fresh Prince themed rap, courtesy of the worst people on the internet (4Chan)
Comedian Chelsea Peretti
why do ppl keep tweeting me about kony i'm trying to tweet about drake right now— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) March 8, 2012
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