All morning, folks on the internet have been chuckling heartily over this faceplant of a tweet from Good Morning America:
The “tea lizard” in question is, of course, Kermit the Frog. In the very off chance you don’t know, he’s arguably the most well-known of the Muppets characters created by master puppeteer Jim Henson. A picture of Kermit sipping tea became a popular meme two years ago.
Disney bought the Muppets in 2004. The House of Mouse also owns ABC, the network on which Good Morning America airs. Moreover, Kermit has appeared multiple times on the program, both as a correspondent and as a subject of interviews himself.
Another tweet from the GMA account seems like it’s trying to obliquely correct the mistake but it was too late. It’d be like me calling Deadspin “NutTwist” or “BallBounce.”
Mediaite notes that “tea lizard” might be a reference to another out-of-touch meme anti-joke from months back.
Nevertheless, that first GMA tweet still comes off poorly because it doesn’t work the reference well—if that’s what they were trying to do—and betrays a misunderstanding of how humor reads on Twitter. Gonna be a real awkward Disney employees’ holiday party.