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Kony 2012, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Kony 2012 Chinese.

Kony 2012 Chinese.

Despite its popularity outside of China, “Kony 2012” is only slowly getting some attention on the Chinese internet. There are many copies of the half-hour short film on popular Chinese video streaming websites like Youku and Tudou, some uploaded as early as 6 days ago, but most of them only have at most tens of thousands of views, which is not a lot by Chinese internet standards.

There is however one copy of the video on Tudou that has accumulated over 1 million views over 2 days, possibly helped by Hong Kong actor Chapman To who yesterday shared the video on his Sina Weibo account with over 2.7 million followers. His microblog post is the only “Kony 2012” post present on “hot topics” list of the popular Chinese microblogging service, with 19k forwards and 3k comments.

On Sina Weibo:

@杜汶泽: Give me 30 minutes, I want to share this with you…”KONY 2012 Chinese subtitled high definition version. Over 60 million views within 6 days after being posted on YouTube”.

The video on YouTube, currently with over 70 million views:

“Kony 2012” is also present on Chinese social networks like RenRen, but is not as popular as on Facebook.

Comments from Sina Weibo:

子诒:

Dear friends, please forward after watching~~ for those children~ [淚]

alison_DY:

For many Chinese people, this probably isn’t close enough to move you to action. But what Chinese people must learn from the video is humanitarianism, the courage to speak up, the courage for reforms!!! One person’s strength is very little, but if you have the courage to stand forth, you will get many people’s support, and like this the strength is concentrated! Don’t just sit there complaining about life, stand up, and change it!

黑曼巴与老男孩:

The people is power, democracy is the future. After watching, not only am I heartbroken for Africa’s children, I’m even more heartbroken for our China…

涩丶s:

Even though it is quite shocking…I still feel it is Americans using the banner of humanitarianism for their own interests and benefit.

天天天真的小盆友:

You not forwarding this video signifies that you also give up on upholding righteousness and defending your own right to exist. Love and peace…

花花_Angela:

Shared, hope this bastard can be arrested in 2012!

嘟嘟佳艳:

After watching this short film, I’m reminded of China’s abducted children, who are forcibly crippled to go beg. Who has cared about them?!

要假天:

I don’t want to be a fenqing and am very opposed to anyone or any behavior that violates human society, but this kind of production makes me think of a saying in movie class: “it’s all about manipulate, get people to see what u want em to see.” I truly hope this isn’t just a marketing stunt, without a plot, that it has nothing to do with oil, elections, interests. I trust that genuine petitions will eventually be realized, and those that exploit the public’s emotions will not succeed!

埃德温_范克里夫:

We’re unable to even protect ourselves, and you want us to care about some black warlord!?

yuerkeeper:

Who roams around the world on aircraft carriers? Who counts for over half of the world’s military expenditures? Who starts wars all over the place for its arms industry. There are many devils, and Kony is just one amongst many. Without the great devil America making propaganda, who would know who he is? Why don’t you publicize your Saudi Arabia, a dictatorship without a high lack of human rights? Because you only do things for your own interests.

陈陈陈迪:

The Uganda matter actually is no longer fresh in Africa. The question is whether this video was made with the American government’s support. Uganda is a country where large amounts of oil were discovered in 2011. In 2011 October, America already moved to drive a wedge in this country to profit from the split, and even indirectly suppressed China with oil shortages and currency inflation. From Afghanistan to Iraq to various Middle Eastern countries, which hasn’t been demonized by the media? There are too many kind-hearted people.

火星人的女儿:

So apparently the things in American drama 24 was based on reality. So moved…

金恩熙Elsie:

Kony, this bastard! 2012, you will definitely be caught! Everyone be patient and finish watching the film, as this film must be spread as fast as possible! Kony should be punished with the worst ancient Roman punishment! Crucify him! [怒][怒][怒][弱][弱][弱]

傅小超fransis:

World class global human flesh search, mobilizing the entire world’s strength, it must be said that the ideas of youth brought up under the American education system is impressive. Who knows when our own countrymen will have such consciousness. I feel sad for the state of China’s education system.

徐柱恩:

Once again the power of web 2.0 is felt, the power of social. The youth abroad are already saving people, and what are we still doing? If our countrymen were to make a similar video…in less than 24 hours after being posted, being censored is the video’s ultimate result, because China can’t have Facebook. This is the difference.

Actuarial_Yetties:

Regarding this short film: What politicians see is an opportunity, what businessmen see is a business opportunity, what kind-hearted people see is hope, what the wumao see is a conspiracy, what the meifen see is greatness. How you’ll share and how you’re comment completely depends on what role you play in the world.

有关部门林时恭:

I wish they would come to the Heavenly Kingdom and save those children in impoverished mountain areas, as well as spread awareness of the behavior of the Heavenly Kingdom’s corrupt officials to the entire world.

What do you think?

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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