“Tebowing”: A Playful Homage Or Religious Mockery?
So, you’d like to make a spectacle of yourself by posing for a picture in a crowded public space or hard to reach area, but you don’t want to lie with your face on the ground? Try Tebowing, it’s what all the kids are doing these days.
Last year, planking swept the nation like it was a Charlie Sheen quote. One week no one knew what the hell it was and 10 days later there was an SNL skit, business executives planking on boardroom tables, and soccer moms planking at playgrounds. But now, planking is, like, so 2010 and people need another pose with which to draw attention to themselves on the internet—Tebowing is that new pose.
Every time Tim Tebow scores—or throws an interception, wins, loses, has to think about something, or breathes too deeply—he takes a knee, bows his head, and touches a fist to his forehead. Tim Tebow does this because he’s a deeply religious man who is praying to a God that he strongly believes in. The rest of the country is mocking him for it because planking got boring it’s fun to make jokes about Denver’s new starting quarterback.
There are pictures of people Tebowing in traffic, at Occupy protests, and at World Series games. People are getting their toddlers to “Tebow.” Seriously, we’re all one picture of Justin Bieber Tebowing away from Twitter breaking and the entire country slipping into a state of chaos where basic goods and services aren’t available, because everyone is too busy posting pictures of each other pretend-praying on Facebook.
There’s even a website dedicated to the act: Tebowing.com offers a picture feed of people emulating the quarterback as well as merchandise emblazoned with a silhouette of a man in the pose. They sell baby bibs that say, “Toddler Tebowing.” Tebowing is officially a thing.
Tim Tebow catches a lot of flack for the way he plays football. His errant passes, his hurried throws, lengthy scrambles and overall inefficiency. And he’s so serious and intense in broadcasting his religious beliefs that, for better or worse, it’s often the first thing people think of when talking about the former Gator.
Tebowing is a byproduct of his passionate faith and undeniable marketability. It’s not funny to copy Cam Newton’s touchdown celebration, but there’s definitely humor in mocking Tebow for his. It’s because of how wholesomely and seriously Tim Tebow carries himself. But, neither Tebow’s attitude nor the act of mocking it is a bad thing. At the very least it has gotten people to stop planking, which, itself, is a big enough perk to chalk this entire fad up in the win column.