If we've learned anything since 2016, it's that the internet loves gorillas (RIP Harambe). On June 22nd, the LAist Twitter account tweeted a 2014 photo of a gorilla that looks like it is giving a lecture to visitors at the Los Angeles Zoo. Twitter users started meme-ing the next day - touching on some very specific and unexpected topics such as General Custer, as well as the more obvious murder of Harambe.
In many ways, everyone on the planet would like to never hear the name Harambe again. We get it, ok? Dudes on Reddit think the gorilla getting shot is very funny. The joke is played.
But almost by divine providence, if you will, someone found a new way into the joke.
Reddit user agc4 is now the founder and first member of the Church of Latter Day Harambe, a new holy community that just received approval from the IRS.
As of now, we only have a letter addressed to the founder and not much more information on how to join the church because apparently the founder "lost" the letter. Not a great sign for the new religion.
If you live in the United States, you have a new president. The people have spoken, and they said that billionaire, reality TV-show host Donald Trump is how they want to ride out the next four years.
Look, this was a divisive election, and a very close one at that. As has been said many times, this wasn’t necessarily the time for a protest vote for, say, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, but that doesn’t mean the Internet can’t find another third-party spoiler to bring America to its logical conclusion and elect a billionaire, reality TV-show host.
The Internet, because its nothing if not predictable, chose a new candidate: Dead-gorilla turned confusing-meme, Harambe. That’s right, the gorilla who was shot dead after a child fell into his pen at the zoo received 11,000 votes in last night’s election. And that’s how game-show hosts are elected president, when people write in memes to be president.
So there you have it, folks. Reality TV-show host is president, and I am now this Tweet:
Oh Internet, how we loathe you sometimes.
Millions were disappointed after gullibly falling for an fake story indicating that "Harambe McHarambeface" won the naming contest for a baby gorilla at a Chinese zoo.
It all started when the crap-tacular Daily Mirror--who never checks the legitimacy of their sources--decided to pick up the story. The "source" was the fictitional "Boston Leader" news website, and the internet ran with it from there:
The truth quickly came out and hearts were broken everywhere...
...and though we might not have a Harambe McHarambeface YET, you can still show your support and buy your "McHarambeface" t-shirt here:
The Cincinnati Zoo is trying to put the drama of Harambe behind them by asking the Internet to "Stop making memes of our dead gorilla."
So, in honor of the "retirement" of the Harambe Meme, here are some of our favorites:
The zoo might "not be amused," but we sure as hell are! RIP Harambe.