Since 2017, over 8,000 visitors have come to this page and found the answer they’re looking for which is “where did the Kermit meme come from?” Below is my journey of how I found it.
If you’re looking for the answer to where the Kermit “But that’s None of My Business” meme came from, I searched for it too and this entire post tells you where it came from.
So, in short, I was searching for it just like you and I found it! But the answers were all over the place. I had to be a little detective-like to piece all the clues together. But the origin and meaning of the meme is still kind of a mystery.
Make sure you read this entire article to get the FULL and COMPLETE ANSWER. In the first part of this blog post – The Backstory, I tell you what my backstory is behind searching for the answer AND then in the “Answers to Where That’s None of My Business Meme Origin” section, I tell you exactly the date when the meme appears in social media and what the “but that’s none of my business” might be referring to.
Last, I dig deeper to understand how Kermit became associated with the phrase and include a video with Kermit drinking tea which shows you that the video and the meme have nothing to do with each other.
When you’re done you can get a t-shirt to celebrate your new knowledge 🙂 And if you don’t get a t-shit or souvenir, that’s none of my…(you know the rest).
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Backstory: Kermit’s Meme is EVERYBODY’s Business, But that’s none of my business…
So, it’s like 3am or something in the morning and I’m restless… trying to get work done and I think someone posted a “That’s none of my business” Kermit meme on Facebook. You know the meme I’m talking about. The ones that feature Kermit sipping a cup of tea and the caption says “BUT THAT’S NONE OF MY BUSINESS”. Yes – those memes.
Well, after I saw my first one on Instagram I think, either earlier in 2017 or late 2016, I almost died laughing. The sarcasm and satire captured in it given the subject matter the meme was referring to was so spot on, I had to laugh. And so since then, I actually downloaded a Kermit meme in my phone juuuuuust so when I have to tell someone off via text, I can follow up with a “But that’s none of my business…” meme to show that I could be wrong. But I really do it in part because it’s just so darn funny to state the obvious but take a step back and say via meme – HEY! I could be wrong…but I doubt it.
Back to the question though. Where did the Kermit “But that’s none of my business” meme come from? And what does it mean?
Here’s The Answers to Where That’s None of My Business Meme Origin
So when I was searching – literally searching “where did but that’s none of my business come from” on Google, I got all kinds of strange information. None seemed to give me a date and context of how it came about but I didn’t ready deep enough. Turns out the Meme started in 2014 kinda. The memes were tagged #kermitmemes. But specifically, the “that’s none of my business” memes started off with an Instagram tag @kermitbelike according to knowyourmeme.com in June 17, 2014. And the image was referring to certain women described as “ratchet”. Now, you have to really understand American urban subculture to get the term “ratchet”. I can’t get into it right now, but let’s put it this way: Ratchet is a term that is almost like the equivalent of the term redneck but instead of it referring to one who’s super country, it’s an urban equivalent. Anyway that’s a little about how it all got started.
So in short, June of 2014 is when it technically was documented as showing up in the social media world and the rest is history. But here’s the other question I had. Where or how did Kermit get associated with this urban commentary tone? I mean he’s a Muppet. Muppets aren’t hood or thuggish or “ratchet.” Where or how did the connection get made that Kermit of all characters would represent the voice of sarcasm and satire as social commentary?
How Memes Work and Capture Our Unrelated Thoughts…
Now, as I did my research, I noticed that there was a reference to a video that Kermit was featured drinking tea. And I thought … Ahhh yes, that must be where the phrase “But that’s none my business” must have been recorded. But when you watch the video below, you’ll find what I found. That Kermit NEVER says anything even close to “That’s none of my business…” Watch the video and actually hear what he says after drinking the tea. This brings to light the fact that Memes have nothing to do with reality other than the realities we imagine and the undeniable truth that a picture is worth a thousands words and now, memes. Meme’s basically give us the power to paint reality as our funny, sick and twisted minds see the world and it allows us to laugh at ourselves (and others) without being too mean – sometimes. But overall, memes have to be one of the greatest innovations of the social media age that allows us to not take life too seriously…
BUT THAT’S NONE OF MY BUSINESS.
Watch the video below to see what I was talking about …