“Teoing”: Fake girlfriend scandal gets its own photo meme

It's like Tebowing and Eastwooding had an annoying baby.


Jordan Valinsky

Internet Culture

Published Jan 17, 2013   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 3:23 am CDT

Combine the absurdity of Eastwooding and a dash of Tebowing, and you’ve got the Internet’s latest ridiculous photo meme, Teoing.

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The new trend mocks the revelation that famous Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s girlfriend never existed. Rather, she was a hoax possibly created by—but definitely involving— the linebacker for reasons that are still unclear.

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While the the university sorts out what happened, the Internet is reacting accordingly (and lazily) by posting Teoing pics. It’s simple: Just pose next to your imaginary girlfriend by doing boyfriend-type things, like hugging or proposing to her. How original.

The meme sprouted Thursday on a Tumblr called #Teoing and has already garnered 60 posts. Here’s a look at some of the best ones.

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Photo via Teoing/Tumblr

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*First Published: Jan 17, 2013, 2:55 pm CST