The Internet community doesn’t feel very sympathetic for Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame linebacker duped by an online troll who positioned himself as Te’o’s long distance girlfriend. It’s being described as a “Catfish”-style hoax, but that doesn’t mean anyone needs to feel bad for the man who was duped.
No, now people are taking to Twitter to take their own stab at “Te’oing” someone. Users are posting images of themselves posing with imaginary girlfriends and boyfriends in a trend that is both hilarious and sad. Here are some examples:
— Justin Webb (@Webb_Squad) January 17, 2013
— Clint (@DarthPredator) January 17, 2013
— Kenyan Drake�(@KDx17) January 17, 2013
— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) January 17, 2013
— Sam Thomas (@sthomas419) January 17, 2013
#Teoing is becoming a big sensation that my imaginary boyfriend and I can’t stop laughing at the moment.
— Sydni Alexandra (@_Syddddd) January 17, 2013
Don’t expect the Te’o story to end here. Notre Dame has announced Te’o will hold a press conference later today, and the Twitter account of his “dead” girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, has also said that it will tell all later today.
“It isn’t fair to drag Reagan and Troy into this.. a lot of truths and myths need to be addressed here, and they will be at noon PST [today, Jan. 17],” the account tweeted.