You may have heard it said that money can’t buy you happiness. You may have heard it said that money can’t buy you love. One thing that money can buy you, however, is a Cheeto shaped like arguably the most famous Gorilla the world has ever seen: Harambe.In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, or, like me, hadn’t fully grasped the significance of Harambe mania until more recently, allow me to contextualise.In 2016, a young boy managed to climb into the Gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, finding himself face to face with Harambe, prompting zoo officials to shoot the gorilla over fears for the boy’s safety.
The incident sparked an explosive reaction worldwide from commentators and on the internet, with many decrying the zoo’s decision to kill Harambe. So fierce was the backlash in fact, that the zoo was forced to temporarily shut down its Twitter account.
All of this made Harambe a household name and veritable internet celebrity, which may well explain the ludicrous bidding price for an auction on eBay listed as a “unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla”.Along with a photo of Harambe, the seller described the item by writing: “This item up for bid is only for this unique Cheetos, bag not included. This makes a great collectible (sic) for anyone who appreciates rare items!”The auction has since ended, with the price reaching a dizzying $99,900. Which is a shame, because it’s $100 dollars off $100,000, but it’s still an astounding price for what is essentially an oddly-shaped snack.
For those interested in these things, the flavour is Flamin’ Hot.I’d love to believe that this is the peak of Harambe mania, however I would not be at all surprised if a piece of toast comes out in a perfect rendering of the gorilla’s face and we all end up back here a week from now wondering what on earth is going on in the world.Sadly, since bidding has now ended on the listing, if any of you had $100,000 to spare, I’m afraid you’re simply going to have to find another novelty snack to spend it on. The legacy of Harambe lives on.