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Uganda: Yes We Kony!

This post is part of our special coverage Kony 2012.

A social media campaign to raise support for the arrest of Ugandan guerrilla leader and wanted war criminal Joseph Kony has taken a new twist. In a blog post titled “#Kony2012 is a Parody,” Sean Jacobs looks at online parody videos about the viral campaign.

The Australian “rap news agency” has come up with Kony parody titled “Yes We Kony”:

YES WE KONY. It's March, and the Internet delivers 2012's first globe-consuming meme: the unstoppable, Stop-Kony 2012 video, which has highlighted the plight of African child soldiering like never before. But is it really good? Is it really bad? Or is the world really more complex than ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys'? Whatevers; one thing's for sure, this is momentous: never had a 27-minute video devoid of both cats and boobs ever achieved such virality. Is this a demonstration of the internet's ability to instantly inform and engage tens of millions; and a hopeful sign that there is a willingness among those millions, to engage passionately with something more meaningful? Or does Kony2012 just mark the dawn of a rapacious new era of viral humanitarian marketing? Join your charitable host Robert Foster – and our special guest, General Baxter, direct from AFRICOM – as we delve into the dark heart of the matter.

Tony 2012 t-shirt. Image courtesy of http://www.districtlines.com/.

Tony 2012 t-shirt. Image courtesy of http://www.districtlines.com/.

A comedy group called Bath Boys Comedy has initiated a campaign called Tony 2012: Stop The Tiger. Tony the Tiger is the advertising cartoon mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes breakfast cereal, appearing on its packaging and advertising.

Apparently, Adolph Hitler has reacted to Kony 2012 video campaign:

YouTube user StabOfMyVenom has compiled some of the best Joseph Kony 2012 jokes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jJIPl17csfw

The Kony 2012 campaign has been criticized by many Ugandans who argue that the video oversimplifies the conflict in Northern Uganda. In order to counter the negative portrayal of Africa in the video, African netizens are tweeting about “what they love about Africa” with the hash tag #WhatILoveAboutAfrica.

This post is part of our special coverage Kony 2012.

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