2. ...other celebrities (and a gorilla) soon followed.
Harambe the Gorilla was a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure in late May 2016. The incident was wildly criticized online by many who blamed the child’s parents for the gorilla’s untimely death.
On May 28th, 2016, a 4-year-old boy crawled into the enclosure of the Western lowland gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo. The gorilla then grasped the child and began dragging him about the enclosure before a Cincinnati Zoo employee fatally shot Harambe with a rifle.That day, YouTuber maxi uploaded footage of the incident to YouTube, where it gathered upwards of 12.6 million views and 41,000 comments in the next 48 hours. The video was subsequently removed, but several mirrored versions quickly resurfaced.
On May 29th, a post about the incident reached the front page of /r/news, where it garnered more than 7,100 votes (87% upvoted) and 6,200 comments in the next two days. The same day, a petition titled “Justice for Harambe” was created on Change.org which called for authorities to hold the child’s parents responsible for Harambe’s death. Within 48 hours, the petition gained over 338,000 signatures. Meanwhile, the hashtags #JusticeForHarambe and #RIPHarambe began circulating on both Facebook and Twitter.
3. A meme from the US election that certainly reflects how some people feel about the entire year.
4. Sure seems like it!
5. The year that dares not speak its name.
that's all for 2015 history, now onto 2017. what about 2016? we don't talk about 2016. - Unhelpful High School Teacher
6. 'Me at the beginning of 2016 vs me after' memes are a Twitter hit
7. Really, we can't take a second more!
8. 2016 Dumpster Fire
- Professionally printed silkscreen
- Ships within 2 business days
- Designed and printed in the USA
9. Even the popular trends of the year couldn't save the horrorshow that was 2016.
10. And onto 2017!