Imbak para sa Marso, 2012

Of videos and fallouts

Posted in Gulo ng buhay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Marso 16, 2012 by Blue Dela Kanluran

A couple of weeks ago the internet exploded with the presentation of a thirty minute video entitled Kony 2012. It was lauded as a successful demonstration of the vast power and potential of social media in influencing world events and disseminating information. The first time I heard of it was when I was channel surfing, completely bored when a talking heads show that I usually pass as quickly as my fingers can press put up a subtitle for one of their stories reading “Who hasn’t seen this.” If you’ll note they used a period instead of a question mark thus making a statement instead of a question. Implying that everyone has seen it.

I definitely haven’t and I soon got a a lot of info about it afterwards during the program, but here are my first impressions. First of all the title “Kony 2012” made me think of the Republican primaries. At first I thought the Republicans were shooting a super late candidate into the mix more than halfway through the process. It just seemed to jive well with the campaign of putting posters with the mans face up everywhere.

When I learned that it was really about a Ugandan warlord who enlisted child soldiers and alleged underage sex slaves I thought he still wouldn’t be completely out of place in the Republican line-up.

The video drew all kinds of support from people all over the globe. From donations, to making support videos, and even some celebrities got in on the action to raise awareness on the issue. Even though its nothing really new, international news agencies have been reporting on the varied war crimes committed by Kony and the LRA for years and no one seemed to give a shit. Well, at least everyone knows now right? The people can help. Well, not really.

The video had more than a few¬†inconsistencies, like the fact that the Ugandan military who are fighting the LRA aren’t much better in form. There have been ¬†multiple reports of government soldiers raping and killing as much as their terrorist “counterparts”. But the worst of it all was the expose that invisible children, the “humanitarian organization” behind the video, is apparently embezzling the donations sent through them. As much as Ninety percent (90%) of donations sent to Uganda through Invisible Children don’t make the trip and only as little as ten percent (10%) go to support the soldiers that are as heinous as the bad guys.

The entire thing was a sham from the start. The makers had no intention of helping the children of Uganda and all the sheeple (celebrities and all) who didn’t bother to do a simple fact check before committing their time, effort, and most importantly money to the biggest successful scam using social media. If Invisible children really did want to help the victims of Uganda they only had to utter three simple words. “Uganda has oil!

Sure enough the United States government will run in and kick everyone’s asses with a giant hammer strapped to a nuclear powered rocket. Don’t believe me. You’ve got assholes like Kony in Uganda, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the blood diamond trade in Sierra Leone, Helen Ukpabio in Nigeria, the quickly escalating civil war in Syria and the pirates in Somalia running around causing problems not just for their own people but for the international community and the US goes after Libya.

Don’t get me wrong, Ghadaffi was a bastard in his own right but he was vanilla compared to these other freaks, at least Libya was a progressive nation. The video would have been ten times more effective if Invisible children devoted 29 min. to Kony and then adding “oh yeah, geologists recently found a huge deposit of oil in the country” as an afterthought. Sure it’d be lying but they were never meaning to help anyone with this anyway.

The second video causing a stir is entitled “20 reasons why I dislike the Philippines” made by an expat living in Cebu. Of course the butt hurt trolls who compromise 60-70% of the population immediately went into an uproar calling racism. Obviously such people have never experienced actual racism and are just jumping at the chance to cry “waaah” and play victim.

Let me tell you people of racism. Being denied a job because you’re dark, that’s racism. To be disqualified into entering a prestigious college because brown people are considered stupid, that’s racism. Openly mocked and maliciously derided because of an accent and the way you talk, that’s racism. Police denying to help and protect you from supremacist groups, that’s racism. To be called racist for describing facts about a certain environment and commenting on how the said environment makes you feel because you’re white, that’s racism. Calling someone who is of mixed descent to be pretending to be a Filipino, using the fact of they weren’t raised in the Philippines as a negative asset against them on national television, that’s racism Arnold Clavio.

Criticizing filth, traffic, and disgusting habits that are a simple matter of hygiene not race. It’s downright insulting for people who’ve openly been victimized by 21st century discrimination to hear butt hurt idiots crying racism at the slightest of criticisms (all of which were true) when they have absolutely no idea what real hate looks like. In fact, the most racist comment I heard on the video wasn’t even against Filipinos, it was against Koreans. If anyone has any right to complain it’s them.

Admittedly, some of the items were taken out of context but that was admissible since he was talking about how certain cultural differences clashed with his own aesthetics, he never said they were wrong, he just said he didn’t like them. However, if I can get a message to Channelfix I have only two things to say “Don’t complain until you’ve been to Manila” and “Sanitation is for pussies.”