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So, this is happening:

The dead girlfriend of Manti Te'o never actually existed.

Having lived through the Ms. Scribe Saga, both in real-time as my friends were getting accused of vile things and security at Nimbus was being discussed, and when the true story was told on Bad Penny, I can actually believe that he was the victim of an elaborate hoax, perhaps by a well-meaning friend who then got over his head.

I can also believe he was in on it the whole time.

More evidence is needed. Text messages on Manti's phone, for instance. A confession from Tuiasosopo.

Where's our favorite Plucky Girl Detective when we need her, eh?

Date: 2013-01-17 08:42 pm (UTC)
q_sama: (sparkle)
From: [personal profile] q_sama
You know, this is the first thing I thought of when I heard the story break.

And then when the guys on ESPN (my news source) were asking how you could be in a "relationship" with someone you've never met, I thought of all the people in fandom I've chatted with from all over the world, who I've never met in person, and I realized how out-of-touch with modernity some people are. There are people I consider dear friends who I'd "known" literally for years before meeting in person. This is incredibly believable to me, as a hoax played on Te'o, or as one he was a part of.

Date: 2013-01-18 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydaclunas.livejournal.com
I don't think he had the wool pulled over his eyes. I think Te'o is in on it -- his "I was duped" is the current equivalent of "the nanny did it".

I hate sports but this story really gets to me -- one, the wide-eyed pearl clutching about the dangers of the internet, as though such elaborate hoaxes are commonplace and people pretending to be something different are 90% of the population online, and two, the notion that this is new. Come on, people. This behavior is old news -- ask anyone in any fandom.

But the reason, for me, that I can't possibly believe Te'o was truly duped, is because he claims to have had this deep romantic relationship over the course of several years. Speaking as someone whose marriage is the product of an online relationship, I know how much of a need there is to meet in person, despite schedules and travel costs -- especially in the beginning when you want to confirm if the emotions online translate offline. I have a hard time believing that an online relationship of that duration would have remained purely 100% online/phone. Plus he claimed in interviews that she went to visit him in Hawaii and suchlike, so what was that all about?

Date: 2013-01-20 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piperx.livejournal.com
I can't believe it but I just re-read the whole msscribe saga. I got sucked in again. It's just as fascinating as ever. Scribbles makes these people (person? Eh, whatever) look like amateurs.

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