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#TeaLizard is an alternative nickname for the image of Kermit the Frog sipping a cup of tea that was famously featured in the "But That's None of My Business" image macro series. In June 2016, the obscure nickname went viral in the form of a hashtag on Twitter after it was used by ABC's morning TV show Good Morning America to refer to the meme in a survey tweet about NBA Finals reaction memes.
On June 20th, 2016, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who led the team to earning its first NBA championship title in history, returned home wearing a cap embroidered with an image of The Muppets character Kermit the Frog sipping tea. That same day, James posted an Instagram of his meme-themed hat alongside the Larry O’Brien Trophy with the caption taunting his critics and skeptics.
On June 21st, LeBron James' humorous fashion statement was picked up by several news sites and sports blogs, including USA Today, Washington Post, GQ, New York Daily News and BarStoolSports. In addition, ABC's morning TV news program Good Morning America (GMA) also chimed in on the emerging Crying Lebron photoshop meme with a tweet asking the followers whether it should be counted among the ranks of other well-known memes in the sports world, including Crying Michael Jordan and "That's None of My Business," which erroneously mislabeled Kermit the Frog's tea-sipping image with the hashtag #teallizard.
While it certainly was GMA's tweet that shot "tea lizard" into accidental memedom, the nickname had been previously used to refer to the meme by a small group of users on Twitter, most notably @TrillBallins, who then cited a weird tweet review of The Muppets posted by Twitter user @jawbroke in November 2010 as the origin of the term.
In the following hour, GMA's tweet was met with a slew of snide remarks and reaction images from its followers and others on Twitter who noticed the misnomer #tealizard, as well as the curious inclusion of the hashtag #smockin (a misspelling of "smokin") in reference to a picture of the titular character from The Mask. By afternoon on June 21st, the hashtag #tealizard had begun trending on Twitter.
News Media Coverage
Throughout the day, many entertainment and sports news sites began reporting on the trending hashtag and the backstory behind it, including Mashable, BarStoolSports, AV Club, AOL, The Verge, The Daily Dot and The Fader, with many articles describing the tweet as "embarrassing" and "cringeworthy" Meanwhile, Complex offered a drastically different account speculating that GMA's social media editor Jeff Lowe intentionally used one of the lesser known aliases of the meme to elicit strong responses from the social media, while crediting Twitter user @TrillBallins as an early adopter of the nickname "tea lizard" based on several tweets he had posted back in April. In addition, New York Magazine and Popular Science similarly conveyed puzzlement regarding the intention behind the use of the hashtag, as it is hard to believe that GMA would fail to make the distinction between lizard, a reptile, and frog, an amphibian.
About an hour after the original tweet went live, GMA subtly acknowledged its mistake with a follow-up tweet featuring an image of Kermit the Frog doing the facepalm along with a short apology directed at The Muppets character's Twitter handle.
Kermit the Frog's Response
At 3:04 p.m. (ET), Kermit the Frog's official Twitter account responded to the mix-up of the memes with the hashtag #PutSomeRespekOnMyName, a reference to a memorable quote said by American rapper Birdman during a guest appearance on a radio show in April 2016.
 Instagram – @KingJames' Instagram
 Bleacher Report – LeBron James Rocks Hat with 'None of My Business' Kermit Meme Before Game 7
 USA Today – LeBron James issues a perfect post-championship response to his critics
 Twitter – @GMA's Tweet
 Twitter – Search Results for #TeaLizard
 Mediaite – EXCLUSIVE: An ABC Insider Just Gave Us the Scoop on This Morning’s #TeaLizard Phenomenon
 Mashable – Some maniac at Good Morning America called Kermit the Frog 'Tea Lizard'
 BarStoolSports – Good Morning America Calls The Kermit The Frog Meme The “Tea Lizard”
 AOL – #TeaLizard is now a thing -- or so says 'Good Morning America'
 AV Club – With #TeaLizard, ABC subjects Kermit The Frog to greater indignity than cancellation
 The Verge – 2014's best meme returns, only to be brutalized by TV morning show
 Twitter – Hashtag Results for #GMAMemes
 Daily Dot – 'Good Morning America' loses all credibility by calling Kermit meme '#tealizard'
 Reddit – Good Morning America doesn't know what #tealizard is, but that's none of my business
 New York Magazine – The Real Reason GMA’s ‘Tea Lizard’ Tweet Was Problematic
 The Fader – #TeaLizard Will Restore Your Faith In Memes
 Complex – You've Been Trolled By 'Good Morning America' and Don't Know It
 Popular Science – WHY #TEALIZARD KERMIT THE FROG IS NOT A LIZARD
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