Harambe Mania: How Did We Get Here?
By: Alex Marcheschi
Every now and then, societal movements gain traction and sweep the nation. Back in the day they used to mean something…
Now, our movements are just as exhausting, but they typically result in indigestion rather than independence.
Let’s briefly recap the phenomenons that have captivated our beautiful nation in recent memory:
The Whip/Nae Nae
Everybody from Odell to Hillary was whippin’ and nae-naein’ around this time last year. Decent fad, required a little too much energy though and it died after a few months. RIP IN PEACE to the Whip/Nae-Nae
The Mr. Krabs Meme
Drake, how do you feel about the Mr. Krabs meme?
I agree, it is a top 5 meme ever. I’ll be using it until the day I die. It’s perfect for any setting: texts, business emails, GroupMe, Bumble…wait, what?
People can talk shit all they want, but that’s one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. I love it because Drake is just dancing like any random drunk guy at the peak of his buzz. That’s how people dance when they have a perfect buzz goin’, gotta capitalize in those moments while the coordination is still there.
This song had its time in the limelight, in fact, there’s a good chance your Grandma knows about this song.
There are many more we could go over, but this isn’t a #longform piece or a #deepdive. The current movement involves one of our very own fallen Cincinnatians: Harambe.
Harambe was murdered on May 29 and it’s still impossible to go one day on the Internet without seeing him. All you have to do is search “Harambe” on Twitter and you can be entertained for hours. Example A:
(s/o to Twitter user “barknado69,” that’s a helluva username)
The great thing about Harambe jokes is that they can be applied to any situation. There’s no rational reason why people would be making Olympic-themed Harambe jokes, but it’s happening every minute. So the logical question is – why?
Those who read the blog know that it’s #HotTakeSeason, and if you clicked on an article with this type of headline, you’re probably down to get down and dirty in the Internet streets anyway. So, here’s my Harambe take – Harambe jokes are still alive for the same reason that Trump is the Republican nominee.
And by that, I mean Harambe jokes are still alive because people are fed up with an institution: fake internet remorse. It happens every time a celebrity dies, writers and talking heads across the country use it as an opportunity to build their #brand and accumulate #pageviews. This guy on twitter summed it up well:
Trump is the nominee because people are fed up with political institutions. Harambe jokes are still alive to mock celebrity death reactions. Take us home, Alfred: