Kermit The Frog Is Not A #tealizard, But ‘Good Morning America’ Schooled Us All. | Gradient

Kermit the Frog is not a #tealizard, but ‘Good Morning America’ schooled us all.


Kermit the Frog, beloved Muppet and beautifully appropriated master of shade, was cited, sorta, in a perplexing Good Morning America tweet asking for user feedback about some fairly prominent memes like Crying Jordan, some strange ones like “#smockin” and one incredibly sacrilegious lizard:


Tea Lizard? We, the savvy, the #woke, the children of Twitter, were offended at this gross mischaracterization.

We were bemused:

And we were entertained (a little):

And understandably so! Kermit was so much more than Jim Henson’s witty frog, his tea-sipping was a glorious creation of Black Twitter, a pillar of the community on par with sharing anecdotes from your family cookout and verifying Rachel Dolezal’s ethnicity, integral to what makes the platform entertaining. It was our gift to social media, and ABC, in its ignorance, trampled on it. Rebuke!

It turns out it was, in all likelihood, an ingenious hoax. A popular Twitter comedian and troll-extraordinaire that goes by @trillballins has been making the #tealizard pseudo-meme for quite some time.

Not only that, the “smockin”/Mask gag cited in the original GMA tweet. A @triballins creation, too.

Trillballins is a meme-anarchist, out to destroy the foundations of internet humor as we know it, and he’s pretty damned good at it. As Complex explains, GMA, ABC, and yes, even Kermit the Frog knew exactly what they were doing.

This is meme inception. We have reached the pinnacle of meme culture. This whole situation is meta, much like this good meme produced by the Memefather himself…

We’re used to mainstream accounts like Good Morning America getting stuff like this wrong. Instead, you’ve been trolled by a seemingly out of touch organization. The only way to fix your ignorance is to hop on the meme train with the rest of us.

Read the rest of Complex’s breakdown for the full story behind the Trillballins scheme because ultimately…it’s none of our business.  

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If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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