Kermit the Frog

K.T. Hall

The Kermit the Frog of our childhood, the happy, dancing frog that we knew and loved who sang about “Bein’ Green” isn’t around anymore.The frog that has performed along the sides of Miss Piggy and the rest of The Muppet gang has been replaced by this mean, green, shade-throwing machine. That is a more accurate reflection of what happens when a child’s puppet just wants to throw shade.

…this mean, green, shade-throwing machine.”

Kermit the Frog has literally “started from the bottom” as a turquoise coat provided by Jim Henson’s mother and two halves of a ping pong ball in 1955. His original birth date is unofficial. I guess that it is safe to say that Kermit the Frog’s “glo up was real.” As the years passed, Kermit’s first puppeteer, Jim Henson, finally hooked little Kermit up with a spot on “Sam and Friends,” a show that aired twice a day on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. The show ran from May 9, 1955, to December 15, 1961. At this time, Kermit the Frog wasn’t a frog. He was a… lizard?! At this point in time, Kermit the Lizard was performed with the “Sam and Friends” cast, which consisted of Yorick, Harry the Hipster, Professor Madcliffe, Chicken Liver, Hank, Frank, Mushmellon, Icky Gunk, Henrietta, Omar, Moldy Hay, and the earliest Muppet star, Pierre the French Rat who were all performed by Jim Henson and his wife Jane Henson.

 

Kermit received his big break once he joined the “Sesame Street” cast. You know, the children’s show that’s been running since November 10, 1969, and consists of educational content and humor that was spoonfed to you by talking puppets such as; Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Ernie (also voiced by Steve Whitmire), Bert, The Tree Bears from “Goldilocks”, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Count von Count, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and many more. Characters such as Kermit the Frog, and the Two-Headed Monster were eventually added to the cast.

Now how did Kermit the Frog get caught up in the #ButThatsNoneOfMyBusinessTho trend?”

Thankfully, Kermit the Lizard’s appearance evolved into the Kermit the Frog we cherish so much. In the past, Kermit has rocked a red sweater, rounded feet, a pointed snout, flippers, various collars, shades of green, body shapes and sizes, and his eye positioning constantly changed. Sadly, as Kermit changed, Jim Henson eventually grew older and passed away, but Kermit lives on in Henson’s legacy. Kermit’s new puppeteer, Steve Whitmire, then took the reigns, resulting in Kermit meeting The Muppets.

 

Now how did Kermit the Frog get caught up in the #ButThatsNoneOfMyBusinessTho trend? There isn’t any really association to Kermit and the phase “But That’s None of My Business Tho,” but since Kermit’s Lipton Tea Commercial, which was shot in 2014, Kermit has been exposing everyone and spilling his tea all over the media. Now, knowing this generation, someone probably took a quick screenshot of Kermit’s Lipton Commercial, threw a little shade, and then everyone hopped on the bandwagon, but hey, can I get two sugars please?