Bill Maher on Kony 2012: "If You Just Make Joseph Kony Famous Without Capturing Him, He Will Win"

On last night's Real Time, Bill Maher waded into the ongoing debate about Kony 2012, a story that just keeps getting weirder, as Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, which launched the campaign, is accused of mingling with the Religious Right and gets caught publicly masturbating and vandalizing cars.

Maher touches on one of the main criticisms of the campaign (Christian evangelizing and public masturbation notwithstanding): that Kony 2012 is too focused on awareness raising and not enough on action. Maher proposes, "New rule: If you watched that video of Joseph Kony and were shocked to discover that such terrible people live in the world, you need to fire whoever's homeschooling you." After a slightly confusing interlude about college kids on Spring Break, he goes on: "The Internet is a wonderful thing....But it's not the answer for everything. Raising awareness of Joseph Kony is like voting for Obama in 2008: it's the beginning of solving a problem, not the end....If you just make Joseph Kony famous without capturing him, he will win." And while I think we all agree that awareness raising is important, Maher has a point.

Watch the segment below, via Mediaite.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 17, 2012, 4:56am