The death of Harambe did much to capture the internet’s imagination. The death of the Western Lowland Gorilla – shot by a keeper at Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure – proved to be the meme that would never die; making the animal some kind of bizarro world pop icon and a figurehead for anti-zoo and animal cruelty groups.
And yet it is only now that he may have reached his cultural zenith, joining such luminaries as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary in having their image appear in food. The face of Jesus appearing on a slice of toast or Mary’s serene visage popping up on a potato chip have become the internet’s own roadside carnival attraction trope. Now Harambe has turned up in the form of a buffalo chicken wing and it can be yours for the bargain price of over 1,000 US dollars.
eBay user wildchristobol is hawking his ‘Harambe Lookalike Chicken Wing’ to the highest bidder and comes with the caveat “Has already been cook, should not be eaten!” Wise words.
“Last night my girlfriend and I were having Buffalo Chicken Wings at a great local restaurant,” reads the seller’s description. “The very last wing was this monster sized, extra armed Harambe lookalike shown in the pictures. It was so unique that I couldn’t eat it. Someone out there would love to appreciate this collectable as a memory.”
With shipping clocking in at an estimated $150 (are they sending Harambe himself too?), this item is only for the very serious collector of murdered mammal memorabilia. Assuming they exist. They must do, right?
For those of you keeping score, the wing is approximately three inches tall, two inches wide and around three quarters of an inch thick. Stop giggling at the back there, please.
The seller concludes “This is a very stout item”.
So if you’ve got a cool thousand burning a hole in your pocket, treat yourself. After all, it ain’t no thing but a chicken wing.