Pantone's 2017 Color Of The Year Was Inspired By Your Favorite Meme

by Stephanie Maida · December 8, 2016

Or, at least we think so. Every year Pantone releases a worldwide statement solidifying the upcoming "It Color" of the next 12 months. Last year they were impressively on the ball, predicting the rise of Millennial Pink (although they called it Rose Quartz). With 2017 looming on the horizon, a new presidency taking effect, and quite literally a world of potential problems, the year is going to be just as easy as, well, being green. Which of course brings us to Pantone's latest pick: Greenery. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Color Institute, "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

Sure we can dig all that feel-good stuff, but since the Pantone Color of the Year is meant to be "a snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude," let's just call this color what it is: Kermit Green. 

Everyone's favorite flail-armed muppet is, after all, having a moment of resurgence. First, it was him sipping tea. Now, it's evil, dark jedi type Kermit confronting himself. While Pantone may push this color upon us as a source of "new beginnings," we all know that it's inspired by the internet's best meme star. But that's none of my business, tho. 

[Photo via @mimivelarde]