Grassroots activists force Google Maps to change street name to Harambe Dr.

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Screengrab via Google Maps Remix by April Siese

It's driven me before and it seems to have a vague Harambe mass appeal.

261 miles from the Cincinnati Zoo sits the lakeside town of Willoughby, Ohio—aka the Courtesy City. Willoughby certainly bolstered that nickname thanks to a grassroots effort to slyly rename one of its streets Harambe Dr.

Chris Gallagher and a team of Harambe advocates took to Google Maps for some guerrilla activism, prompting the company to change the Willoughby road's name on Friday. It's been two days and unsuspecting citizens are still driving down Harambe.
This moving tribute to the slain gorilla, who was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo following a child entering its enclosure, has seen support from Harambe activists of all stripes. Dicks out for Harambe, which held an evocative demonstration last weekend in front of the White House, was quick to voice its approval.
Those looking to take their tribute IRL have been clamoring for a slogan to show the city of Willoughby when the time comes to take their plan offline and make it official. After all, Dicks out for Harambe would be nothing without its "dicks out" catchphrase. What could Harambe Dr. activists use to broaden awareness for their cause?
Hot damn, that's Harambe's jam. The next Willoughby city council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 2 at 8am local time. Here's hoping its agenda includes a moving, musical interlude.
Harambe the gorilla lives on in beautifully tasteless memes
On May 28, 2016, a 17-year-old male gorilla named Harambe was killed by the Cincinnati Zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. There was an investigation . There were petitions against the boy's supposedly negligent parents and thinkpieces about zoo safety . There was an official statement from primatologist Jane Goodall . Most of all, there was uncontrolled, uninformed outrage.
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