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Kermit the Frog is a Muppet character created and originally performed by Jim Henson. Introduced in , Kermit serves as the straight man protagonist of numerous Muppet productions, most notably Sesame Street and The Muppet Show , as well as in other television series, feature films, specials, and public service announcements through the years. Henson performed Kermit until his death in ; Steve Whitmire performed Kermit from that time until his dismissal in Kermit is currently performed by Matt Vogel. Kermit performed the hit singles " Bein' Green " in and " Rainbow Connection " in for The Muppet Movie , the first feature-length film featuring the Muppets. Kermit's iconic look and voice have been recognizable in popular culture worldwide since, and in , the character was credited as the author of Before You Leap: A Frog's Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons , an "autobiography" told from the perspective of the character himself. Initially, Kermit was a vague lizard -like creature.
A meme is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. In recent years, especially in reaction to increased media presence, Kermit the Frog has become the subject of various internet memes. In contrast to the real Kermit character's usual family-friendly antics, the video shows the puppet engaging in drug abuse, smoking , alcoholism , performing oral sex on Rowlf the Dog , smashing a picture of Miss Piggy with a breast exposed and attempting suicide. The video spread virally across the Internet. The Victoria Times Colonist called it an "online sensation". A single shot from the video of the Kermit puppet huddled in a shower saw resurgence in as a reaction meme following the popularity of "But That's None of My Business" and "Evil Kermit" see below. The original video was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by The Jim Henson Company according to a message on the site. The phrase was popularized through an image macro series in featuring Kermit the Frog and punchlines poking fun at a wide range of faux-pas and questionable behaviors in everyday social situations, punctuated with the passive-aggressive comment "but that's none of my business" and the image of Kermit relaxing while sipping a drink.