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Rihanna

I Want to Help Expose KONY

as an Evil Bastard

3/8/2012 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna has reached out to the Invisible Children organization
TMZ has learned ... Rihanna has reached out to the Invisible Children organization and has expressed an interest in creating a video to help raise awareness about an evil S.O.B. named Joseph Kony.

Kony is quickly becoming a household name ... thanks to a viral YouTube video that exposes the Ugandan warlord as the bloodthirsty leader of a child army and child prostitution ring.

In the YouTube video, producers beg for celebrity support to raise awareness and showed a picture of Rihanna, in an effort to get her involved.

TMZ has learned ... Rihanna saw the video and was so moved by the story ... that she called the organization this week and set up a meeting, hoping to create another video to keep the momentum alive.

We're told both sides are hoping to complete the project ASAP.

Stay tuned.

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renaldo    

somebody need to stop these man.

898 days ago
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agatha    

Yay now I really like Rihanna!!

898 days ago
78.

renaldo    

man somebody need to stop dat fol.

898 days ago
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Angela    

It saddens me that this story is going around.. It's unfortutate that this charity is a crock.. I found some information that I would like to shrare..
The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonpro...fit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.
Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.

The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”

Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.

Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.

Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.

The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.

There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible..

These are the reference tools I used:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kony_2012

http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/invisible-children-inc/10760...2

http://politisane.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/beware-throwing-your-support-behind-invisible-children-and-their-kony-bandwagon

898 days ago
80.

S    

Before you support this movement, PLEASE READ THIS:

http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/

898 days ago
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hall.lory@gmail.com    

wow! thank you for sharing. a very powerful film. THANK YOU JASON RUSSELL!

898 days ago
82.

wendy    

Right on TMZ.

898 days ago
83.

tonya    

Kudos to TMZ for posting something with substance on your website!!

898 days ago
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anonymous    

awareness is one thing. killing the son of a bitch is what's gonna make a change. it'e like "knowledge is power" no knowledge is potential power. when you read a book and attain knowledge it is useless untill you do something with the knowledge you have attained. so just because americans are more aware of kony it won't make a difference. so in the end we will have to send troops down there and a lot of americans are against war... make up your minds! kill evil or shoot flowers at evil!

898 days ago
85.

pascal    

TMZ is so hypocrite! they are against racism and yet they never fall short of making antigerman jokes (NOT antinazi jokes).
they are against gay slurs and yet they call an evil guy a SOB.
that's 10x worse than using a slur as it's an insult to his mum.

898 days ago
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Traci    

Alright so i'm just going to put this out there, i think it's really awesome that people are so excited about the whole kony 2012 campaign, however please think very carefully before donating any money to invisible children. they are a for-profit organization. last year, they made over 8 million dollars and only 32% of that went to direct services to help the people of uganda. they also openly support the ugandan army who are notorious for doing their own fair share of raping and pillaging. all of this information is available to the public, including their finances (most of which is spent on staff salaries and film production). i'm not saying to not support the issue, but please be informed about where your money is going should you choose to donate it.

898 days ago
87.

Legit    

Now if only she grew the same pair of balls towards Chris Brown.

898 days ago
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denise williams    

Good job ri-ri! screw all those haters! I'm glad your on jumping on board with this. the video was sooo touching, I pray we are able to successfully stop this guy and many others!

898 days ago
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Crystal Jimenez    

that is so sad i cried something needs to be done and everyone needs to get together to help these ppl its wrong to be living in fear and living knowing you might die any day or your loved one died or was captured or being captured yourself. This man and his so called ppl deserve no respect, these children and their families want peace and this ahole is making things a living hell they shouldn't feel like they are in hell.

898 days ago
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denise williams    

i agree people are real quick to bash people but nobody wants to lift people up when they do something good.

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