Question: What is Harambe?
The Harambe meme may have been nominated the “meme of the summer,” but it’s a meme with a sad tale to tell.
Answer: Harambe was a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo that was shot dead after a child climbed into the gorilla’s enclosure. This was, and still is, a controversial story that continues to stir up debate, so it was only a matter of time before a meme started to circulate. The year 2016 has seen a high number of celebrities pass away, and some Harambe memes have included him sitting alongside dearly departed greats such as David Bowie, Prince and Muhammad Ali. Other memes have included amusing parodies in memorial for Harambe, and memes with weird viral slogans.