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The Kony 2012 campaign from the Invisible Children organization has taken the Internet by storm since the KONY 2012 video was first posted on YouTube last week. With constant attention from the media, eventually some big names would comment on the video, which tells the story of Joesph Kony, a Ugandan war lord that uses young boys as soldiers and young girls as sex slaves. Actress Angelina Jolie, who is known for her humanitarian work, has come out in support of the campaign, while a US Representative is backing a bill that targets Kony.
Jolie spoke at a New York event to celebrate International Women’s Day over this past weekend and took a stand against Kony, according to The Guardian. She said in her speech that she does not “know anyone who doesn't hate Kony,” adding that she has been to Uganda and the International Criminal Court and “...he's the one we all want to see in jail, so I think it's great that more people are talking about it.”
The Oscar-winning actress went on to say that Kony is an “extraordinarily horrible human being who, you know … his time has come and it's lovely to see that young people are raising up as well."
Jolie first talked about Kony long before the Invisible Children campaign. According to Entertainment Weekly, last March, she told Nightline that she hated him. In the following interview to promote Salt, she says that he is among the people she would like to “take down.”
The Invisible Children organization already believed that they could count on Jolie to help their cause, naming her among 20 “culturemakers” who could help.
Meanwhile, Patch reports that Representative Ed Royce, a Republican from California, has introduced a bill to offer monetary rewards to those who help stop terrorism and drug trafficking around the world, particularly anyone who can help arrest Kony. Royce is the head of a terrorism subcommittee and first proposed the bill last week. “Our U.S. troops believe a rewards program aimed at Kony could bolster their efforts – generating intelligence and boosting defections,” Royce said.
The original Kony 2012 video has already reached over 76 million hits as of Tuesday. You can watch the half-hour video below: