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With Super Deluxe’s funeral for Harambe, is the ape-turned-meme finally dead?

Legends never die. Or do they?


April Siese

Internet Culture

Published Sep 2, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:45 am CDT

Nearly half a million people have viewed it. Thousands have reacted, shared, and commented. This is the footage gripping a nation. Super Deluxe presents Harambe’s funeral:

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The ape-turned-meme finally had his proper sendoff on Friday afternoon when an open casket was placed in front of the entrance to the Cincinnati Zoo. Harambe’s family hugged his lifeless body and left him bananas while bystanders tried to console the grief stricken. Some left flowers, others snapped some photos, shook their heads, and walked away.

At one point, a little boy’s voice is broadcast over the livestream, asking Harambe to come back to life. “I’m sorry. It was an accident. I want to play in the lake. Let’s go back to the water,” the voice says, before proclaiming, “You’re famous now!”

An African-American boy stands by the casket and, really, you can draw your own conclusions from that. It’s one of the most fucked up tributes to the ape who died thus far. So, does this mean Harambe the meme is just as dead as the silverback gorilla?

“Nothing is real,” a robotic voice drones as the video hits its climactic end. The child tends to agree. Harambe bolts upright, points at the camera, and soon his family begins pointing too.

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot.

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*First Published: Sep 2, 2016, 11:40 pm CDT