Florida High School Teaches Important Lesson: Enough With The Tebowing, Already
Internet memes are a crazy thing. Nothing sweeps people up into doing something ridiculous like telling them it’s a meme. I mean, seriously, “owling”? That was just a conspiracy by people too lazy to lay down on their stomachs for planking, which was just started by super lazy people who wanted to lay down. One of the memes that has enjoyed some longevity has been “Tebowing,” started by Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow during his run of miracle wins with the Denver Broncos.
It was all the rage, exploding across the internet as people took pictures in the iconic pose all across the globe, and with the news that it will be in the next Madden game, chances are people who don’t understand what “topical” or “shelf-life” means will be continuing to drop down to one knee thinking they’re pretty darn cool. Well, thankfully one high school in Florida is taking a stand against it and letting the youth of America, “Hey, stop that. You look dumb.”
A graduating senior at a Fort Myers, Fla., high school was punished for “Tebowing” on stage prior to receiving his diploma.
Chuck Shriner, who said he was acting on a $5 bet with a classmate, took a knee and bowed his head in the prayer pose of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow during Bishop Verot Catholic High’s graduation ceremony.
“I just thought it was fun. I was just doing it to make graduation memorable,” Shriner said, according to NBC affiliate WPTV.
Listen up, kids, cause I’m going to impart some wisdom on you. Graduation, in particular high school graduation, is not for you. It’s for your parents, your grandparents, your teachers…basically it’s for everyone who has had to deal with you during your hormonal teenage years as validation that they didn’t do a completely terrible job raising you. So pulling some dumb stunt with an outdated internet meme doesn’t make you look cool, it makes you look dumb. And when you look dumb at graduation, everyone thinks, “Man, whoever raised that idiot sure screwed the pooch.”
Justifiably, if only for doing something lame, the school withheld Shriner’s diploma at the behest of his mother, a math teacher at the school who was less than amused by the stunt. The wiener kid had to clean up the gym where the graduation was held before the school released his diploma, and Shriner insists that “it was worth it,” proving that this punishment didn’t go far enough.
To truly help this young man understand how incredibly lame and played out his stunt was, he should be forced to sit in a room for a week and have non-stop wave after wave of douchey frat-guy stereotypes come through, drop down to do the Tebow and get up like he just came up with the best thing ever. Endless high fives with some epically “hilarious” bros who communicate almost exclusively in Anchorman quotes, would be more effective in getting the message across.
So, the moral of the story: Stop Tebowing…you’re embarrassing your mother.