Independent- People should stop making memes and jokes about Harambe, the gorilla that was shot after a child fell in his enclosure, according to the Cincinnati Zoo where he lived. At the end of May this year, a three-year-old climbed into the gorilla enclosure at the zoo in Ohio. After the child was grabbed by Harambe, a zoo worker shot and killed the gorilla, because officials were afraid that the boy would be killed. Since then, Harambe has become memorialised in more or less sincere memes, jokes and petitions. Those take various forms, and come from various parts of the internet and from across the political spectrum.
Interest in Harambe has surged in recent months, as the gorilla has been revived as a meme. Google Trends shows that searches for the gorilla’s name are now almost equal with their peak in the first week of June, when news hit that he had been killed. But the Cincinnati Zoo has asked for those memes and other jokes to come to an end. “We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told the Associated Press. “Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”
Hey Cincinnati Zoo, I have an idea. How about you stop making dead gorillas? That statement takes some fucking balls man. It’s like when R. Kelly was allegedly mad at Dave Chappelle for making the “Piss On You” music video. If you don’t get accused of pissing on people or kill a sweet innocent gorilla in cold blood, nobody can make a song or a meme.
Truth be told, I still can’t believe this Harambemania is going on. But that’s the way the world and internet works in 2016. Before you think about doing ANYTHING, you should ask yourself “Will this turn into a meme that I will not like?” If the answer is no, do it. If the answer is yes, then proceed at your own risk.
And regardless of where you stand on Harambe or people that make ridiculous petitions, I think we can all agree that Hurricane Harambe would have been a pretty badass name for a hurricane.
If you would like to honor the memory of Harambe, buy a shirt. 1 purchase = 1 prayer. And for today only, 1 purchase also = 1 prayer against the evil Cincinnati Zoo.