More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to have the Cincinnati Bengals renamed to the Cincinnati Harambes, in honor of the gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo back in May.
On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The situation resulted in a zoo worker shooting Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla, in an effort to save the young boy. Harambe attracted international attention and controversy and has become an internet sensation.
The Cleveland Browns named their team after a former Coach who made a great impact on their city so why can’t the Bengals do it as well in honor of a hero who made an impact on their city too!
The petition was started on Saturday with a now-achieved goal of 1,000 signatures. Ortiz plans to deliver the petition to the city of Cincinnati and the Bengals' organization.
Many of the people who have signed the petition are from overseas with Germany and the United Kingdom among the represented countries. Here’s one of the many comments on the petition, this one from someone in Canada:
I'm signing because, although I do not live in Cinncanati (sic), the entire party of support for Harambe has left an overwhelmingly inspirational message in my heart,"
A person from Pittsburgh commented saying, "Harambe deserves to be honored." A petition signee from Tuscon Arizona wrote, “I'm signing because I miss my dude Harambe.”
You can check out some of the less safe for work comments on the petition page.
While this is seemingly a joke, I feel pretty confident in saying the Bengals will not be having a name-change the to Cincinnati Harambes.