My Little Kony

  • Aired:  03/12/12
  •  | Views: 219,006

Jason Russell's "Invisible Children" YouTube video condemning the human rights abuses of Joseph Kony becomes a viral sensation. (5:02)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

MY NAME IS IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD NUN FOR YOU

TONIGHT.

TONIGHT'S GUEST GROVER NOR

QUIST.

MY KIDS ARE GOING TO BE SO

EXCITED THAT I GOT TO

INTERVIEW GROVER.

I'M ASSUMING I'M THINKING OF

THE RIGHT PERSON.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE

INTERNET.

THAT MAGICAL SERIES OF TUBES

THAT AL GORE INVENTED SO HE'D

NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE

TO GET PORN.

IT'S TRUE.

ANYWAY, TWEETS AND HASH TAGS

ABOUT THIS NEW VIRAL SENSATION

KONY TRENDING ALL WEEK.

RIHANNA TALKING ABOUT HIM.

SEACREST, THE BEEBS, THIS GUY

KONY IS PROBABLY DROPPING SOME

THICK BEEF, JOE.

LET'S CHECK IT OUT.

>> FOR 26 YEARS KONY HAS BEEN

KIDNAPPING CHILDREN INTO HIS

REBEL GROUPS, THE L.R.A.

TURNING THE GIRLS INTO SEX

SLAVES AND THE BOYS INTO CHILD

SOLDIERS.

(LAUGHING)

>> Jon: WOW.

WOW.

THAT SONG SUCKED.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU

GET SICK ROLLED.

ANYWAY, IT TURNS OUT THE HOT

NEW VIRAL SENSATION IS A 30-

MINUTE YOU-TUBE DIRECTED BY

JASON RUSSELL CONDEMNING THE

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF JOSEPH

KONY, A WAR LORD WHOSE UGANDAN

REBEL GROUP IS INFAMOUS FOR

ITS USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS,

SHOWING SOCIAL MEDIA IS AN

INCREDIBLE SOURCE WHETHER YOU

ARE UNCOVERING AN AWFUL STORY

OR FINDING OUT WHAT YOUR HIGH

SCHOOL FLAME IS UP TO.

HOPEFULLY THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN

IN THE SAME SEARCH.

BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE,

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT BOY

JOEY YOU WENT TO PROM WITH.

LET'S CHECK IN ON... OH, MY

GOD!

SO A 30-MINUTE VIDEO ON CHILD

WARRIORS IN UGANDA HAS GONE

VIRAL.

HOW POPULAR CAN THIS THING BE?

I'M SURE IT'S NOT TEENAGE GIRL

SINGS SONG ABOUT DAY OF THE

WEEK HOT.

>> IT'S GONE VIRAL.

TENS OF MILLIONS OF VIEWS ON

YOU-TUBE IN JUST A FEW DAYS.

>> 10 MILLION HITS A DAY.

>> UP TO 26 MILLION VIEWS.

>> 39 MILLION HITS AND

COUNTING.

>> 50 MILLION HITS.

>> MORE THAN 57 MILLION.

>> THAT'S RACKED UP MORE THAN

70 MILLION VIEWS.

>> Jon: HOLY CRAP.

THAT IS A HELL OF AN OPEN.

70 MILLION.

I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF

DISNEY SAW THOSE NUMBERS AND

DID A QUICK JOHN CARTER

REEDIT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THAT'S WHAT KONY GETS FOR

MESSING WITH ALL TIM RIGGINS

HERE.

SOME OF THE MEDIA HAVE

CRITICIZED INVISIBLE CHILDREN,

THE GROUP BEHIND THE VIDEO FOR

FOCUSING THEIR FILM ON RAISING

AWARENESS AMONG AMERICAN YOUTH

AS IF THAT AUTOMATICALLY

TRANSLATED INTO ACTION OR FOR

FACTUAL ISSUES LIKE REPORTING

THAT KONY HAS 30,000 CHILD

SOLDIERS WHEN THAT'S THE TOTAL

NUMBER HE'S INDUCTED BY THE

L.R.A.OVER 30 YEARS.

MAINLY THE MEDIA JUST SEEMS

ANNOYED.

THAT IT TOOK THIS GUY TO GET

PEOPLE TO LISTEN.

>> A LOT MAJOR NEWS

ORGANIZATIONS HAVE TALKED

ABOUT JOSEPH KONY, TALKED

ABOUT THE L.R.A..

>> WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING IT FOR

YEARS.

WE'VE DONE STORY ABOUT IT FOR

YEARS.

I'VE WORKED IN CENTRAL AFRICA

FOR YEARS.

>> SOMEBODY WHO ASKED

PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOUT THIS

LAST OCTOBER AND THERE WAS

VERY LITTLE INTEREST GETTING

THAT QUESTION AND ANSWER OUT

THERE, VERY LITTLE INTEREST OR

AWARENESS BY THE PUBLIC.

>> Jon: I MEAN (BEEP).

WE'RE HANDSOME.

WE'RE ON TV.

WHY WON'T RIHANNA RETREAT OUR

KONY STORY?

IT'S BECAUSE WE STOPPED LISTEN

TO GO THE NEWS MEDIA AROUND

THE SAME TIME YOU HAD PRINCESS

LEIA ON YOUR ELECTION

COVERAGE.

EVEN THOUGH JOHNNY HANDSOME

HAS THE MUSIC AND THE

PRODUCTION VALUE THE VIDEO IS

NOT WITHOUT SOME WEIRDNESS

LIKE WHERE THE DIRECTOR

EXPLAINS THE WAR LORD TO HIS

FIVE-YEAR-OLD SON.

>> JOSEPH KONY HAS AN ARMY.

OKAY?

AND WHAT HE DOES IS HE TAKES

CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS

AND HE GIVES THEM A GUN TO

SHOOT.

HE MAKES THEM SHOOT AND KILL

OTHER PEOPLE.

>> Jon: GOOD NIGHT, SWEETY.

(LAUGHING)

BY THE WAY IF YOU ENJOYED THAT

CLIP, YOU CAN ORDER THE FILM

MAKER'S WHOLE TIME LIFE SERIES

FAMILIES TRAGEDY HORRIBLE

HISTORIES MISS MYSTERIES OF

HUMAN ILLNESS.

IT INCLUDES CLASSICS LIKE

PEOPLE CAN DIE UNEXPECTEDLY

AND FOR NO GOOD REASON.

SOMETIMES YOU'RE AT THE BEACH

AND A GIANT WAVE CAN SWEEP

EVERYBODY AWAY.

THERE ARE GROUPS CALLED

TERRORISTS WHO WANT BOMBS TO

KILL EVERYONE.

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