I’m aware that Invisible Children, the organization I and members of my “on hiatus” band Fall Out Boy have worked with in the past, has been under some heavy fire for their ‘Kony 2012’ video.
Let me say first off, I don’t run Invisible Children, so coming to me or any of my current/former band members complaining about it is essentially going to the wrong source. And please, don’t backtrack saying you’re having a discussion with us. It’s as one sided as this blog post. A spade is a spade (and this “turn of phrase” predates the racist term “spade”, so don’t try to twist my words).
That all being said, this is a tricky scenario for me to defend or be against. I realize that the bulk of the criticism comes from the accusations of distorted facts, strengthening the hand of the Ugandan president, and the fact that Kony has split from Uganda.
It’s impossible for me to say either side is totally off kilter. There are completely valid points on both sides. All I can say is I’m proud to have done the work I’ve done w/ IC in the past, and I believe the attention they bring to what is going on in Uganda, at the end of the day, is better to exist than us not knowing as much. I also believe that only good can come out of the public debate their video has brought, polarizing as it is.