The one thing that annoys me more than anything else in the world is being treated like I'm stupid. Unfortunately, this seems to happen to me quite a lot. Firstly, because I'm a Media student. For some reason, a lot of ignorant people think that Media Studies is a degree for morons, and that all we do is watch telly. I'd love to see these people attempt to explain semiotics or the deconstructionist theory to me. The second thing that makes a lot of people jump to the conclusion that I'm thick as pig shit is that I'm a football fan. I can't even begin to explain that one...
However, the point of this post is not football or university. Yesterday, an internet phenomenon took over Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr: the Stop Kony video. And with it, out came the knobhead brigade. All those absolute dickheads that think that because they like Bon Iver, green tea and charity shop knitwear, they know absolutely everything about the entire world and it's politics.
Myself and many other people (the supposed 'stupid people') watched the video and thought "Bloody hell, this guy is horrendous and needs to be stopped." The video was supposed to be for awareness, so I shared it on Facebook, and so did about 50+ others. We tried to do the right thing by raising awareness for this utterly despicable human being, but nope, we were wrong. And weren't we told we were wrong! There were many, many people who I felt insulted and patronised by yesterday, but here's the two that angered me the most:
The first was from the Twitter account of my favourite venue, The Cockpit in Leeds. Their tweet read:
"Oh, you retweeted and shared a link about Joseph Kony? Tell me more about how you've always cared for Ugandan children ..."
Alright, dickheads. A lot of us don't spend our time trawling the internet finding out about all the horrific things that go on in the world because we have jobs to go to. It doesn't mean that we don't care. As soon as myself and others saw that video, we took the time to read about Kony and re-posted the link to attempt to raise awareness, which could hopefully make a difference. Don't belittle us.
The second post that I thought was just ridiculous was this one from Tumblr:
Do you know what, I don't know where Uganda is on this map. So in the future, if I ever hear of a charity who are trying to help children that are being used for sex trafficing and rape, I'll make sure I know the exact latitude and longitude of the country where this is happening. If I don't know it, I'll just ignore it. Is that what you're getting at, yeah?
And finally, the best, the absolute BEST thing about all of this:
Where did all these patronising, hipster dickheads find out about the supposed corruption of Invisible Children? A FUCKING TUMBLR POST.