Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Cincinatti Zoo Wants You To Help Stop The Harambe Memes

The Cincinnati Zoo is urging Harambe-loving internet users to stop making memes about the deceased gorilla, saying that they are "still healing" following his death earlier this year. If you remember, Harambe was shot dead by zoo workers at the end of May this year, after a three-year-old child had fallen into the gorilla enclosure. The ape's death sparked a worldwide conversation about the actions of the zoo, with many suggesting that the gorilla should have been tranquilized rather than killed. The zoo released a statement following the shooting saying that doing so would have placed the child in more danger, with the zoo's director Thane Maynard saying: "The child was being dragged around ... His head was banging on concrete. This was not a gentle thing. The child was at risk."
Director Maynard has spoken out against the online reaction to Harambe's death, as memes and jokes about the gorilla continue to be circulated on the internet, saying: "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."
Harambe memes have experienced a resurgence over the course of the past couple of months, with Comedian Brandon Wardell's "dicks out for Harambe movement" being partially to responsible for this.