SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Financial scrutiny has now become part of the storyline surrounding the documentary video production KONY 2012.
The 29-minute video about the plight of children under warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda has been viewed more than 75 million times on YouTube, but some have criticized the Hollywood-style backing of the film.
The CEO of non-profit Invisible Children, which is based in San Diego but has an operation in Uganda, released a response video Monday defending his organization’s financial plan of spending between 80-85 percent of its resources to the Ugandan cause.
“I think I understand why some people are wondering ‘Is this just some slick, fly-by-night, slack-tivist thing?’ when actually it’s not at all,” Ben Keesey said in his online video.
When news crews first arrived to speak to a Ugandan survivor at the KONY 2012 event on the Sacramento State campus on Monday, staff told reporters no interviews would be allowed. By the end of the night, they had changed their minds.
“That was odd, but maybe I just need to find out why?” said Patricia Akello of Uganda.
Akello lives in Uganda. She says there are so many family and friends killed by warlord Joseph Kony in her homeland, she can’t count them all.
“One thing I know is that Invisible Children is in northern Uganda,” she said. “I am from northern Uganda.”
Roughly 300 Sacramento State students watched a presentation of the video and bought Kony 2012 starter kits to promote it.
“I think most of the money is going where it should be going and not going to the production,” Sac State student Grant Gibson said.
This viral video is being scrutinized, but it didn’t seem to have lost any supportive voices in this college crowd Monday night.