Angelina Jolie is the latest celebrity to voice her support of the Kony 2012 campaign, a movement calling for the arrest of violent African rebel leader Joseph Kony. According to The Guardian, Jolie spoke about Kony at an International Women’s Day event in New York where she said that Kony is “an extraordinarily horrible human being who, you know… his time has come and it’s lovely to see that young people are rising up as well.”
Jolie, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations added that she’s “been to Uganda and Congo and been to the International criminal court myself… [Kony’s] the one we all want to see in jail, so I think it’s great that more people are talking about it.”
Since non-profit organization Invisible Children launched its campaign against Kony last week, there has been a media hailstorm of Kony outrage and pleas to endorse the movement with celebs fervently tweeting support, and a call-to-arms YouTube video that’s racked up almost 75 million views since it was posted last Monday. Jolie is mentioned in the video (along with 19 other “culturemakers” including Taylor Swift, Oprah and Tim Tebow) that organizers hoped would join in support of the movement.
Though the Kony movement has only recently picked up momentum, this is not the first time Jolie has spoken out against the malicious Ugandan leader. Last March, she voiced her outage to Nightline‘s Cynthia McFadden, saying she hated Kony and implying if left in a room with him, she would be tempted to take him down.
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