Kermit the Frog and Relatable Daily Struggles.. a Match Made in Meme Heaven.
Kermit the frog has dominated the internet in the past few years, in the form of hilarious and relatable memes.
In 2014 the “That’s none of my business…” GIF became the internet representation of shade…
And the “My face when…” became all of us when someone does something we don’t like but can’t say we anything about it.
But my favourite Kermit meme has got to be the “Me vs also Me”. The Evil Kermit meme perfectly captures the battle between good and evil within all of us.
The unhooded Kermit represents the will to do good, or the right thing, while the hooded Kermit plays devil’s advocate, and in most cases is what you actually want to do.
The meme is originally a screen shot from the 2014 movie Muppets Most Wanted, where Kermit meets his evil hooded doppelgänger, a character named Constantine who encourages bad behaviour.
KnowYourMeme.com traces the Evil Kermit meme to November 6th 2016, and has also documented the series of events that led to the memes super success. The website states “Twitter user @aaannnnyyyyaaaa tweeted a screenshot of Kermit the Frog standing next to a Sith version of himself with the caption “me: sees a fluffy dog / me to me: steal him” (shown below). Within 10 days, the tweet gained over 31,800 likes and 22,500 retweets.”
On November 7th and 8th, Twitter users @PinkMiruku and @kenihanas posted the photo where evil Kermit is instructing her to skip class after sleeping in late and another where Kermit is having the inner spend or save your money debate. The first tweet has nearly 10,000 retweets and 12,000 likes, while the other has since been deleted.
It could be argued that the memes real success came from user @jola_jade after she tweeted out her version on November 12th (shown below). Within 72 hours the tweet had over 54,000 likes and 40,700 retweets.
After that various entertainment sites such as Cheezburger, Reddit and BuzzFeed posted articles featuring the meme, and it has been remixed, retweeted and shared countless times. The Guardian called it “The perfect meme for terrible times”. The meme is a perfect vehicle to exhibit peoples creativity and wittiness, all while being oh so relatable.