Meme History: Good vs Evil Kermit
The Evil Kermit meme is arguably one of the most popular and infamous memes that is still actively remixed to this day. The Evil Kermit meme is a captioned image series that features the Muppet character, Kermit the Frog, talking to his nemesis Constantine. In the image, Constantine is dressed as a Sith Lord from the Star Wars movie franchise. The message behind the meme entails the evilly dressed Constantine who instructs Kermit the Frog to perform various selfish, unethical, lazy, and indulgent acts. From that basis, people have adopted this concept and streamlined it to refer to anything that one’s own alter ego would do. This is similar to the notion of the devil on someone’s shoulder, who instructs you to perform things to promote someone’s id. Normal Kermit represents the desire to do good but ultimately the evil Kermit plays the devil’s advocate.
The meme originated in 2014, when the musical comedy film Muppets Most Wanted was released, where Kermit the Frog is confronted by his evil look-a-like. The meme gained its popularity when a 19-year-old Anya Sudarkina tweeted an image of the meme with a caption referring to stealing cute dogs. Interestingly, Sudarkina was also the genius behind the “me/ also me” internal dialogue that has since accompanied the meme. The meme quickly gained fame due to its ability to connect to virtually everyone.
We all have those moments where our pleasure-seeking part of our psyche attempts to convince us to do certain actions that we know we shouldn’t do. This notion is humoured through this meme by using a frog in a cloak as a scapegoat for their bad decisions. Obviously, this doesn’t refer to serious bad decisions, rather its really basic and minute issues which is why this meme is hilarious. Some of my favourite internal dialogues of the Evil Kermit meme are:
“Me: I should go to bed, I have to be up early”
“Me to me: one more episode”
“Me: I don’t think I’m going to drink too much”
“Me to me: blackout at the party”
All in all, this hilarious meme continues to be used, where the intrinsic message refers to the battle between the forces of good and evil, our best impulses struggling against our worst desires and is perfectly captured by the Evil Kermit meme.
Here’s a meme I remixed in the context of the course: It’s about Internet Service Providers and Net Neutrality.