One pet chimpanzee goes ape shit and brutally attacks a woman and all of a sudden everyone is ready to vilify the whole species. Don't get it twisted'Complex loves humans and is pulling for the victim, 55-year-old Charla Nash, to make a full recovery from her life-threatening injuries'but we're equally concerned that the rabid media is tearing the story to shreds and undoing years of good will between the genetically similar species.
In an attempt to put a band-aid on the public relations damage done to chimps, take a look back at some of the great chimps that have touched our lives over the years...
Growing up, pop superstar Michael Jackson wasn't allowed to be a kid or have friends, so when he became best buds with a chimp named Bubbles, it was a good thing. OK, maybe not good, but it sure beat him having drunken sleepovers with little boys.
A drawing and painting chimp in the '50s and '60s (long before he might have made that banana bread on some limited artist edition Nikes), Congo was known for a style described as "lyrical abstract impressionism." And getting swirlies from all the beefy jock chimps.
J. FRED MUGGS
For anyone who thinks news used to be serious, meet the "co-host" of NBC's Today Show in the 1950s. Today we have talking heads like Bill O'Reilly, and yet for some crazy reason we still believe in the theory of evolution.
A chimp in the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, he was famous for pelting visitors with feces (especially politicians). A satirical newspaper announced his candidacy for Rio's 1988 mayoral election and he got 9.5% of the votes, nearly as many as human candidates Marcello Alencar and CÃƒÂ©sar Maia. Ralph "One day I'll get 5% of the vote" Nader is still fecal faced.