In the hours following Deadspin’s bombshell revelation about Manti Te’o and his fake dead girlfriend on Wednesday night, social media sites began buzzing with new jokes and social media trends about Te’o. As you likely could have predicted, there is now a social media trend known as “Te’oing.”
There is currently a Tumblr page dedicated to Te’oing, which is the act of pretending you have a girlfriend. People have been submitting photos of themselves sitting next to empty chairs, hugging imaginary people and even getting down on one knee and proposing to no one.
Just a few days ago, we saw “Kaepernicking” emerge as a social media trend in honor of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s rise to stardom. While it’s unlikely that anything will ever have the power that Tebowing had last year, it is a shame that someone had to come along and invent a fake dead girlfriend and knock Kaepernick off his pedestal so quickly. Here are some more photos of folks Te’oing: