In case you’ve been living under an e-rock, let me try to catch you up. On Monday night, the internet declared Crying LeBron the new Crying Jordan meme, because a man achieved a goal he set for himself in life and expressed emotion about it; how dare he. Then on Monday morning, the Twitter account for Good Morning America tweeted the above beautiful, beautiful tweet about it, equating Crying LeBron to other great memes like #tealizard, referring to the Lipton commercial starring Kermit the frog which is frequently turned into GIFs and posted on internet comment threads to covey a sentiment along the lines of, “But that’s none of my business.” (GMA also aired a segment Tuesday about the LeBron crying memes.)
And people on Twitter Lost. Their. Dang. Minds.
Of course, as it turns out #TeaLizard was very much the work of an evil genius; an evil genius who goes by Jeff D. Lowe, the social media editor for GMA, who often tweets things like this from the show’s official account:
So yes, not only was Jeff very much in on the joke — which I believe originated from a random 2010 tweet retweeted by the parody account @trillballins (who originally coined the term “tea lizard) — but much of the internet, including several media outlets, fell for it. Maybe even you!