Has anyone had a more meteoric resurgence of popularity recently than Kermit the Frog? As the subject of two of the year’s most consistently viral memes, the internet’s favorite muppet had quite the year. First, Kermit’s Lipton Tea ad led to a firestorm of sarcastic statuses, tweets, and Instagram posts.
The internet went wild again when LeBron donned a chapeau depicting Kermit sipping his tasty tea during Cleveland’s championship parade. Those hats went on to sell out within hours.
I could not accurately guess how many social media posts I saw that ended with the frog and tea cup emoji that I have seen since the original Lipton commercial aired in June 2014. You know what I am referring to.
All LeBron did two years later was revitalize the “but that’s none of my business” crowd that has been exposing internet phonies unrelentingly.
As if that was not enough, the Kermit hood meme has been gaining traction in the past few months. Arthur the Aardvark tried to snatch the childrens-show-turned-viral-trend crown, but quickly fizzled out as an abstemious amphibian leapt above the mellow mammal in the internet food chain. The Muppets Most Wanted spin on an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other gets the job done without excessive glitz or glamour.
All in all, Kermit the Frog being the subject of two of the year’s most viral memes just brings a smile to my face. As someone who actively attempts to avoid seeing any Crying Jordan faces, mannequin challenges, or (god forbid) Harambe posts, I welcome Kermit the Frog hopping up and down my timelines.