Harambe-Costumed Teen Re-Enacts Tragedy At High School Football Game


The Cincinnati Zoo’s recent gripes about all the Harambe memes, petitions and signs don’t seem to be having much of an effect.

Case in point: Two teens performed a re-enactment of the tragedy at a high school football game in Illinois Friday night.

During a game between East Oswego High School and West Joliet, a person in a gorilla costume “entertained” the crowd by grabbing someone dressed as a small child and dragging him down the field, according to the Independent.

At another point, the “gorilla” chased down a person in a banana costume who was holding a sign that read “R.I.P. Harambe” to a rapturous crowd, as this video tweet shows. 

The Huffington Post reached out to West Joliet High School, where the incident happened, to see if the Harambe act was sanctioned by the school or just a prank, but has not heard back.

It’s just the latest satirical commentary on Harambe that has popped up since May, when the gorilla was killed by zoo officials after a boy fell into his pen and he began to drag the child around by the ankle.

The range of memes includes things ranging from “Saving Private Ryan” to Michael Phelps to Pokémon Go.

Sadly, some Harambe memes have been highly offensive, including one version used as a racist attack against black celebrities.

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