A 7-foot statue of Harambe, the gorilla shot to death at the Cincinnati zoo in 2016, was erected on Wall Street Monday directly across from the famous Charging Bull sculpture.
The founders of Sapien.Network, a social platform “built on privacy, independent communities, and quality connections between our fellow humans,” also puts thousands of bananas at the base of the Charging Bull.
Harambe was shot and killed in May 2016 when a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure, but the great ape has found new life as a meme over the past five years.
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Billionaire Elon Musk wrote a rap song for Harambe in 2019; a “Justice for Harambe” petition netted more than half a million signees; and a 2016 Public Policy Polling survey found that 2% of Texans supported Harambe for President.
The founders of Sapien.Network told WNBC that the Harambe statue is supposed to draw attention to wealth inequality and represent how Wall Street has gone “bananas.”
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“Harambe is a representation of something that lets us look at more than just ourselves. What are we aspiring to as people?” Robert Giometti, a co-founder of Sapien.Network, told the local news outlet.
He continued: “It’s about connecting. A simple gesture of giving a banana builds community. As a society, we need to come together. We can’t keep fighting to come together.”