The Cincinnati Zoo is “not amused” that people are making memes and signs for the gorilla that was shot dead after a three year old boy managed to make his way into the gorilla enclosure and came face to face with the gorilla named Harambe. Then Harambe dragged the kid around like a rag doll.
After getting into the enclosure in late May, the boy was grabbed by Harambe and dragged around the enclosure. This prompted a zoo worker to shoot and kill Harambe with fears that the boy would be killed.
Harambe has been turned into memes, signs and petitions as a joke by several campaigners and jokesters.
Since the incident, social media interest around Harambe has spiked and in recent weeks, his name’s google search has reached similar levels to that of when the news of Harambe’s death first hit the internet.
The Cincinnati Zoo responded by saying that the Harambe’s death was no joke the staff is having a difficult time moving on.
“We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told the Associated Press in an email. “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.”
Over the weekend, Maynard’s Twitter account was hacked and the Cincinnati Zoo’s tweets have received a lot of replies that involved Harambe.
Many people have said the jokes about Harambe should stop because of the controversy surrounding his death. This includes whether or not he should have been shot or whether there were enough barriers to prevent people from getting inside the gorilla enclosure or whether the mother of the three year old boy who managed to get inside the gorilla enclosure should face charges.
“That’s nice enough. But then the goofuses of the internet hopped on the Harambe train for their jollies, and it has gotten out of control, WCPO-TV web editor James Leggate said. “Here’s a sampling of some of the ridiculous Harambe petitions:”
- Petitioning “Cinnncanati” (that’s how they spelled it) to rename the Cincinnati Bengals the Cincinnati Harambes
- Petitioning Pope Francis to canonize Harambe as a saint
- Petitioning President Barack Obama to erect a Harambe memorial statue outside the White House
- Petitioning the U.S. Senate to add Harambe’s face to Mount Rushmore
- Petitioning The Walt Disney Company to make Harambe a “force ghost” in “Return of the Jedi”
- Petitioning Nintendo to add Harambe into “Pokemon Go”
- Petitioning Donald Trump to make May 28 “Harambday,” International Harambe Day
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— Harambe (@HarambeForeverr) August 20, 2016