Invisible Children has released a Kony 2012 sequel to clear up the controversy and provide more facts after the group's first film attracted over 100 million views.
"Kony 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous" aims to clear up any misconceptions and restate the facts related to Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The original film was knocked down by critics for washing over Kony's complicated legacy and imposing a Western-centric vision of how to fix the problem in Uganda. This film, according to the producers "explain the creation of the campaign, the progress that’s been made, and what we can do now to stop the violence of the LRA."
But will the film be capable of clearing the air surrounding the initial Kony 2012 video? Or will it merely generate further negative backlash? The movie urges viewers to take action and contact policymakers. On April 20, the organization will be hosting a mass day of action called "Cover the Night," and the film urges viewers to participate in the conversation.
Thus far, the reaction to the video has been mixed. Some have made the case that the video clears the air, while others insist that this film is no different than the first Kony 2012. Here's are the top 5 Twitter reactions:
#Kony2012 Video 2: Brand repair, damage control. Self-centered narrative gone. More balance/diversity, African roles/impact & policy asks.— Semhar (@Semhar) April 5, 2012
#Kony2012 chaps went and got some facts this time with their version 2.— Richard Ngamita (@ngamita) April 5, 2012
That said, Beyond Kony is an important corrective to the mess that was #Kony2012. More grounded in facts.— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) April 5, 2012
KONY 2012's sequel is about how good the original was theatln.tc/HgOWYw— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) April 5, 2012