PETA will be abandoning their plans to mount a billboard up featuring Manti Te’o and the “Sometimes Faking It Is Better” slogan. In order to satisfy Te’o and his legal representatives’ request, the organization has completely removed the picture of Te’o from the faux chicken ad.
Originally, PETA posted the billboard idea to urge football fans to avoid unnecessary roughness to chickens on Sunday by opting for faux fowl instead. PETA still has recipes listed that are vegan-free for game day, but you just won’t see the picture of Te’o anymore.
No offense to the organization, but it’s too late. You already posted the picture and everyone saw it. I commend you for taking it down, but it still was another jab at Te’o.
Around the same time this was happening, it was announced that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, AKA “Lennay Kekua,” would be interviewed on the Dr. Phil show Thursday and admit that Te’o had no idea of the hoax.
Tuiasosopo admitted that he fell deeply in love with Te’o and it was a romantic relationship that Te’o had absolutely no idea about. He also admitted that as Te’o became more popular, he knew the two-year hoax was going to blow up at some point or another.
I wish I could say that this was the end of people harassing Te’o, but I think it is still going to take a while. Let’s just say that Te’o is the perfect person to feature on MTV’s new show, Catfish, where two guys try to help others find the real person behind their online relationships.
Even though we can finally say that Te’o had no participation in the hoax, we all know that he is still going to receive the criticism for a while.