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The still-unfolding story about standout Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and his dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who never existed, is like something right out of MTV's "Catfish." (Fortunately, as "Remote Control" reported, the show's host and sleuth Nev Schulman has undertaken an investigation.)
On Wednesday afternoon, Te'o issued a public statement: "This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her."
You're only allowed to be fooled if you're a punter. Linebackers aren't fooled by play actions. They shouldn't get Catfished.
Charlamagne Tha God
All that p***y on campus and you online dating? When Manti Te'o said he sent flowers to his fake dead girlfriend's funeral, did he mean real flowers or virtual flowers via Facebook?
I will say I've never been fooled in an online relationship, simply because I stalk Twitpics, Instagrams and Facebook pics and I demand that you send me a pic anytime I ask. I don't care if you're in bed at 11:30 p.m., if I ask you for a pic I want you in your Ninja Turtle nightshirt, laying in bed. If you can't do that for me, then f*** you for trying to Catfish me.
So what's the Guy Code to online relationships? Don't have one. F*** online relationships. In fact, f*** relationships period. Everybody just have casual sex! Relationships are the devil!!!!
I'm not surprised at all. This generation lives online, so I guess they fall in love there too.
I've been fooled by women online before that looked nothing like they said they did or like the pictures they sent me. I always put an asterisk next to someone I meet online.
To make sure you don't get Catfished, don't fall in love until you meet in person. It's that simple. Dudes are catching feelings for characters and jpegs. That's just a computer screen dude, relax.
The Guy Code to online relationships is: Until you see them in real life, it's not real. Keep your emotions in check.
Last, a Johnnie Cochran-inspired quip from Lil Duval:
If they won't Skype something ain't right #GuyCode
— lil duval (@lilduval) January 17, 2013