After previously winning several new fans by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs and denying Patrick Mahomes' brother a chance to make more cringy Super Bowl TikToks, the Cincinnati Bengals have found yet another way to endear themselves to online audiences - by dedicating their Super Bowl appearance to beloved Cincinnati resident and meme martyr, Harambe the gorilla.
The comment came early on during linebacker Sam Hubbard's appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast, footage of which can be seen below:
When asked about dedicating the game to Harambe, who was a resident of the Cincinnati Zoo before being killed in 2016 in an incident involving a small child entering his enclosure, Hubbard played along with the hosts and said that Harambe was a hero to all of them so yes, they would play this one in his honor.
While it's pretty obviously a joke, it's also the kind of narrative the internet (and idiots like myself) love to run with:
He’s got our back pic.twitter.com/dbmtlHcYR4— sam hubbard enthusiast (Vince) (@qsmartreviewer) February 3, 2022
NFL gonna use this picture to honor Harambe smh pic.twitter.com/StjNX1TkUw— DelcoDirtbag (@LiVin__LoVin) February 3, 2022
There are already custom NFL Harambe jerseys out there:
And lots of memes, because it's Harambe, after all:
winning the WIN IT— Ava (@avatarrant) February 3, 2022
super bowl FOR
for your city HARAMBE pic.twitter.com/uFawpUXuCc
Avenging Harambe will finally reset the timeline https://t.co/BWSeXYgavS— Bing Bong the Archer (@evantually__) February 3, 2022
This is the most important super bowl ever fellas.— Temporary Bengals Fan (@evil_left) February 3, 2022
Dicks out for Harambe. https://t.co/S3Ot2JRugF
However, some folks also pointed out that since Harambe was killed by zoo officials (who represent the city of Cincinnati), it doesn't make any sense and true vengeance for Harambe would be for the LA Rams to win.
Cincinnati kills Harambe— Cafecito_con_leche (@_IsmaelCastro) February 3, 2022
Also Cincinnati: “wE’rE dOiNg ThIs FoR hIm”
If anything LA will avenge Harambe for what cincy has done
All we know is, come February 13th, our d--ks will definitely be out.