Times We Needed the Tea Meme

July 13, 2021

Times We Needed the Tea Meme


Back in the day, passive aggression was a skill that only a handful of people were lucky enough to perfect. Precisely arched eyebrows, intense glares, fake half-smiles, and of course, the occasional, “Bless your little heart.” Yeah, it was a skill, and we’re sticking with it!

However, as time went on and the internet came to occupy most of our time, society needed a new way to brutally crush someone’s soul without the signature stare while still maintaining an air of detached superiority.

Enter the Kermit Sipping Tea meme.

If you’re someone who uses the internet (which we’re pretty sure you do) and you’ve visit websites other than Boring-News-Dot-Com (which we’re pretty sure you have), there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the beloved green frog sipping a piping hot cup of Lipton tea while effortlessly pointing out someone’s stupidity. Yeah, you know which meme we’re talking about.

Circulating the internet since 2014 with the hashtag #ButThatsNoneOfMyBusiness, Kermit the Frog isiconic. And it’s not just because he’s without a doubt the best Muppet character on the planet (fight us), but it’s because the salty amphibian can deliver one harsh serving of saltiness via one simple meme—and we’re totally here for it.

So, where did this deliciously passive-aggressive muppet meme come from, and when are some of the times we needed it? We’ll tell you. Now, what you do with this information is ultimately up to you...but that’s none of our business. *sips on tea and gives side-eye*

Hold Up - Kermit The WHO? What Is He Exactly?

Despite the famous moniker, it seems like many of us are a little fuzzy on who exactly Kermit the Frog is, so we’ll give you a quick rundown to bring you up to speed.

The fabric muppet—known mostly for his nasal intonations and temperamental diva pig wife— has played a pretty prominent role in children’s television for almost 70 years. However, who the beloved frog actually is remains shrouded in mystery.

Well, fam, after doing a bit of digging, we are lifting the veil of uncertainty and are glad to report that we found a little background on the mystery man (or errfrog…?).

Kermit was born in the town of Leland, Mississippi. And if we want to believe what’s said on the one and onlyWikipedia, he has around 2,353 froggy brothers and sisters (oh my!).

You might be wondering,how does a small town frog make it so big? The answer simply boils down to courage. You see, Kermit decided to finally leave the swamp and quickly made it big in Hollywood after a “passing agent” saw his potential. And from there? Well,the rest is history.

Kermit the Frog Meets the Internet

So, let’s talk about this hilarious meme, shall we?

Though Kermit the Frog remains a cherished children’s character (even to this day), memes featuring the bright green amphibian have given the iconic character new life on the internet.

Already part of the cultural zeitgeist, Kermit has gained even more attention, whether he’s facing his evil cloaked self, being sad, doing his signature flail, or sarcastically sipping tea.

According to the websiteKnowYourMeme.com, Kermit the Frog memes began popping up all over social media in early 2014. Quickly after, the internet erupted with amazing memes in a seemingly endless stream, with the especially salty frog passively-aggressively sipping tea being hands-down the best one.

The Best Times To Use the Tea Meme

The infamous tea meme was made less than ten years ago, but could you imagine if we had it before then? Oh, the subtle saltiness we could have served! Here are two times we definitely needed the tea meme:

The Boston Tea Party

OK, so the internet obvi wasn’t a thing in1773, but how funny would it be to send the tea meme to those silly Brits who thought they could get away with those outrageous taxes? We dumped their precious caffeinated beverage right into the harbor, proudlyspilling the tea since 1773 - but that’s none of our business, though…

The Stonewall Riots

In the wee hours ofJune 28th,1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn. However, things didn’t go as expected. You see, angry patrons had enough of the mistreatment towards those who loved freely, regardless of gender, and fought back. Riots continued over a span of six long days, sparking the modern LGBTQA civil rights movement. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

Yeah, we think so too. And to anyone who feels differently, we say it’s time to let go of all that hate and accept the fact thatlove is love - but that’s none of our business, though.


The beloved tea meme can be used after dishing out a glorious insult or pointing out something ridiculous to put a sassy cap on your point. It can also be used to indicate that while you have no true intention of gossiping yourself, you are totally happy to sit back, kick up your feet, and let the “tea” wash all over you.

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What Happened at the Stonewall Riots? | History

Boston Tea Party - Definition, Dates & Facts | History

"But That's None of My Business" | Know Your Meme

Listen to Studio 360's "Muppet Regime." | Slate

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