The Complicated Appeal of the Harambe Meme

It has been months since Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after he had grabbed and dragged a child who had fallen into the enclosure, and the staff at the zoo is still desperately trying to return to normal. However, the internet does not seem to like that idea. People screaming for justice for the ape has spawned a meme with its own life. Some people are very sincere about it and actually wish for change, while others arejust ‘riding the wave’. The meme has also been used to harass the zoo. Their Twitter profile has been flooded with comments about Harambe’s prematurely death. “U had a unique way of killing of Harambe.” one user wrote. To the mean comments, the Zoo only has one thing to say: “We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” Thane Maynard, the zoo’s director, said in an email to The Associated Press this week. “Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us.”



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