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The Cincinnati Zoo is done with your s#*t about Harambe


If you have been on the internet at all between May and now, you have probably seen something about Harambe, the gorilla who was put down by the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy accidentally got into the gorilla enclosure.

The upsetting nature of this story got the internet talking, and users jumped on to the campaign #JusticeforHarambe. Which quickly lost control.

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The Cincinnati Zoo has had it with #JusticeforHarambe. (W i l l a r d/Flickr)

Soon users started posting memes and jokes like these (it's v mild -- others are intense).

The Cincinnati Zoo first issued a statement asking Twitter and internet users to stop spreading Harambe jokes and memes because of how upsetting they were for their staff:

“Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”

But of course, when you tell the internet to stop something it rarely works. It's like trying to put out a fire with lighter fluid.

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So the zoo deleted all of its social media accounts, stating that they did not want to be exposed to it any longer.

Now that the meme has been linked in an offensive old-school racism stereotype to actress and comedian Leslie Jones, there is now a definite question as to whether enough is enough.

But also, in true internet fashion, what is controversial and disliked will be spread.

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The Cincinnati Zoo is done with your s#*t about Harambe

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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