On the day of the release of the GameStop report, a giant Ape appears on Wall Street, right next to the Bull statue which was covered in bananas….
Yes. This really happened. This video shows everything:
It appears that the Ape is a statue of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot dead by the Cincinnati Zoo authorities in 2016 to save a three-year-old boy who climbed into its enclosure.
According to the founders of Sapien.Network, who were behind the appearance of Harambe in Manhattan, bananas will be distributed to the New York-based community fridges and local food banks and were there only to make a point that the Wall Street had become “bananas” as it fails to be inclusive of the everyday people.
Harambe the Ape: A satire on capitalism
The demonstration, as per the organisers, was a satire on capitalism that helped the rich get richer but left an average American behind. They said:
It’s not about rejecting capitalism or the current system. It’s about revolving them into the current future and letting them empower more groups of people. Harambe is a representation of something that lets us look at more than just ourselves. What are we aspiring to as people? 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.
But of course, the metaphor of Harambe the Ape turning up next to the charging Bull is not lost on the Ape community. Apes together strong!