Rush Limbaugh and the Monkey Business of Evolution
June 2, 2016 – Self-appointed zookeeper Rush Limbaugh took to his conservative radio talk show to explain evolution in the wake of the killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, and school was in session.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Rush Limbaugh Show, he had a lot to say about the controversy surrounding the zoo’s decision to kill a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback named Harambe after a 3-year-old boy fell in the gorilla’s enclosure. The zoo has received support and understanding for their action but have also gotten plenty of criticism not only for their decision but also for their responsibility in how the boy was able to get inside. There have been petitions to protest, vigils held at the zoo, and lots of angry typing in the comments section of news articles.
Cue Rush Limbaugh.
The boisterous host played a sound bite from CNN where they asked a PETA campaign specialist about her thoughts on the incident. Limbaugh first spent time explaining how people will always be drawn to animals; he defends the existence of zoos.
“There’s no way human beings are going to not be interested in animals. Gawking at them, out on safari, hunting them,” he said.
“Don’t doubt me on this. A lot of people think that all of us used to be gorillas, and they’re looking for the missing link out there. The evolution crowd. They think we were originally apes. If we were the original apes, then how come Harambe is still an ape, and how come he didn’t become one of us?”
“We can conclude that humans and chimpanzees probably last shared a common ancestor between five and seven million years ago,” said researcher Blair Hedges.
James Franco’s character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes would also probably like to comment on the “idiot gorilla” line but FOO was unable to reach him for comment due to fiction.