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Cincinnati Zoo on Harambe Memes: Everybody Just Shut Up

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Alesia Buttrey of Cincinnat a sign and picture of Harambe. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 06:07 AM

Cincinnati Zoo officials are not amused by the Internet memes that have been circulating about Harambe, the gorilla killed after an unwatched boy got in his enclosure in May.

The memorials to the 17-year-old gorilla began earnestly after a 3-year-old boy got in his exhibit on May 28, prompting zoo officials to kill the gorilla to protect the boy from harm. But the references have spread, including jokes, mock nominations for president, comparisons to celebrities, and #Harambe hashtags included on unrelated posts, The Associated Press reported.

"We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe," Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard told the AP 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."

 

Harambe's death sparked controversy about whether the parents of the boy should be held legally responsible. An online petition calling for a law to enact "legal consequences when an endangered animal is harmed or killed due to the negligence of visitors" had about 217,000 signatures on Monday, while another petition called Justice for Harambe calling for an investigation of the family received more than half a million signatures.

Hundreds of online petitions have surfaced, including calls to rename the Cincinnati Bengals the Harambes, create an emoji in his honor and canonize him.

WCPO-TV web editor James Leggate, fed up with all of the online petitions, launched a petition to stop the petitions.

"At first, the petitioners had good intentions. … But then the goofuses of the Internet hopped on the Harambe train for their jollies, and it has gotten out of control," Leggate wrote.

The petition had 67 signatures midday Monday.

Brian Feldman, writing for New York Magazine said memes about Hammbre began immediately, in anticipation of outrage over his death.

"Harambe became a referendum on and a satire of social-media-outrage culture, his name a stand-in for everything wrong with the way social media reacts to news," Feldman wrote.

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