August 23, 2016

Cincinnati Zoo asks people to stop making Harambe memes, deletes social media accounts

StaffRebel Columnist

Harambe, the gorilla who was shot dead when a little boy fell into his enclosure back in May, has become something of an internet legend.

Many on the internet have turned Harambe into a joke, albeit a positive one, picturing him in heaven or as an other worldly figure.

Harambe is even tied with the Green Party's Jill Stein in popularity for Texas voters according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.

Sadly, Cincinnati Zoo isn't a fan of these memes.

Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told the Associated Press, “We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe. 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.”

According to The Independent, shortly after, her account had been hacked, and every single tweet that the official account sent out was greeted by a flood of responses about Harambe.

As such, the zoo deleted its social media accounts to distance itself from the memes.

Not all animal rights activists opposed the memes. Anthony Seta, who set up a vigil in tribute to Harambe soon after he was killed said, “for the most part, I'm very happy with it. It shows people are remembering what a wonderful being he was.”

“The ones that are mocking and making light of the death of this being, I find incredibly offensive,” he added.

SOUND OFF in the comments: do you like Harambe memes?

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commented 2016-08-23 19:48:16 -0400
A morally and spiritually lost generation would quite easily conceive of dead animals having an after life and human empathy – they hate God but want so badly to believe in something that is a substitute.

This is one of the reasons I often feel like I have a front row seat at the world’s largest freak show – at least animals do predictable things based on animal logic – but modern metroplex human with no guiding philosophical compass – now that’s entertainment!
commented 2016-08-23 18:51:02 -0400
Schitte happens folks.

I do not particularly like zoos.

I despise idiot parents
commented 2016-08-23 16:01:45 -0400
Oh yeah…poor fucking gorilla
commented 2016-08-23 15:58:25 -0400
@milan Novakovic
The gorilla was killed because of idiotic people not minding their children. Too bad the mother didnt fall in too and the response team got a flat tire enroute.
commented 2016-08-23 14:12:33 -0400
That little boy’s life is worth a gorilla’s…..sorry to say it, leftists. Could care less about memes – you don’t like them, don’t look at them.

Thank you.