I’ve been all the way out on Harambe for a few weeks now. It was genuinely funny to me for awhile. The irony and faux outrage over a dead gorilla was great. And then it got to Facebook and my parents started asking me who Harambe was and I knew the jig was up. Once something hits the Facebook crowd you can pretty much guarantee it isn’t going to be funny anymore.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t give props to whoever started this story, which, according to Buzzfeed is all just a big hoax. The story, which was originally posted online by a newspaper called The Boston Leader, was about a baby gorilla in China who was named “Harambe McHarambeface” by popular vote. According to Daily Mail:
The fate of the new arrival at Jinhua zoo in China’s central Zhejiang province was reportedly left in the public’s hands, who rushed to the polls to cast their vote.
The article goes on to explain that a total of 73,345 people voted to name a newborn gorilla at Jinhua Zoo “Harambe McHarambeface.” That’s 93% of the total votes cast, which would be very impressive had the story been true. The fact that Harambe still has legs on the internet streets is actually really incredible. Somebody online actually took the time to fabricate a story about a baby gorilla getting named Harambe McHarambeface. Usually an internet fad lasts a couple of days and then people just forget about it. But other than “Crying Jordan,” I can’t think of anything else other than Harambe that has had this kind of staying power.
Kind of a shame that there isn’t a baby gorilla in China with that obnoxious name. That zoo in China did just get a ton of publicity over a fake story, though. And something tells me this is not the last time we’ll hear about a gorilla being named Harambe. I’m sure that zoo in China will attract plenty of tourists even if there isn’t a gorilla name Harambe McHarambeface. Harambe is the gorilla who, somehow, continues to live a very full life thanks to the internet. 2016 is a trip. .
[via Daily Mail]
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