PETA trolls Manti Te’o to promote faux-chicken wings

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a.k.a. PETA has designed a billboard featuring an image of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o with the tagline “Sometimes faking it is better.” The billboard then goes on to promote PETA’s recipes for faux-chicken wings in anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday.

The advertisement on PETA’s official blog states,

Manti Te’o may have been buffaloed by a fake girlfriend, but sometimes “fake” is actually better. That’s why PETA created this billboard urging football fans to avoid unnecessary roughness to chickens on Super Bowl Sunday by intentionally grounding real chicken wings and opting for play-action fake fowl instead:

Those animals in PETA’s “Glass Walls” video? Unlike Manti’s make-believe girlfriend, their deaths are real. Birds slaughtered for their wings and other body parts are often dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still conscious and aren’t covered by even the meager protections of the Humane Slaughter Act.

The price of chicken wings is currently skyrocketing because of higher feed costs caused by this summer’s drought, which makes now the perfect time to try vegan wings, such as Gardein Classic Style Buffalo Wings, a favorite of vegetarian and former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.

This Super Bowl Sunday, opt for healthy and humane faux wings (find recipes at PETA’s Living page). That way, nobody gets hurt.

Faux Chicken WingsIn general, PETA is not known for their sense of humor however this advertisement is worthy of The Onion. The biting satire of the line, “Unlike Manti’s make-believe girlfriend, their deaths are real” in particular is almost enough to get me to try a Gardein Classic Style Buffalo Wing. Maybe. Eventually.. Probably not…

Deadspin broke the story of Manti Te’o’s phantom girlfriend last week. The article captured national attention but interest has started to wain to due media oversaturation and it ultimately being a story about a kid who lied about and/or was tricked into having a relationship with a non-existent girl.

EDIT: According to Matt Hinton of, PETA is hoping to get this design approved and billboards erected in New Orleans before this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Hinton quotes PETA Media Officer Wendy Wegner as saying, “PETA’s counsel has reviewed the use of Te’o’s image and the Notre Dame logo in this context, and PETA thinks that the use is appropriate.”

  • B

    PETA has no place in football nor should they be able to use any athletes image without his or her permission. Nobody wants your wack-ass fake chicken wings. Go throw red paint on someone wearing a fur coat…tree huggers

  • I’d sue if I were him or the school…

  • Jeff

    PETA can shove their meatless wings up their ass. I’m eating a whole chicken this Super Bowl, just because of that.

  • Compassion is not a bad thing. PETA knows how to make the most of any news story and this hoax gave it the opportunity to encourage football fans to try faux chicken instead of chicken flesh. More chicken wings are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday than at any other time of the year.

    Before they’re battered and served at tailgating parties, chickens are crammed into dark, feces-filled sheds. They’re bred and drugged to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs can’t keep up, making heart attacks and crippling leg deformities common. Many endure broken bones and other abuses en route to the slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, the terrified birds are shackled and hung upside down; their throats are cut while they’re still conscious and they are often scalded alive in the tanks of water used for feather removal.

    If this doesn’t sound very sporting to you, try Gardein’s great-tasting faux wings or other meatless varieties. Check out for other product suggestions and vegan recipes.

  • Heather dear let go of the tree and slowly back away and get a real life. I grew up on the farm where we raised our own chickens and harvested them, if you know what I mean.We also raised soybeans and believe me the chicken is far and away tastier any way you cook it than soybeans are in their most delicious form if there is such a thing and the bird doesn’t make you fart for hours after you eat it. Oh, sorry you’re probably one of those who don’t fart. I bet you can poot with the best of them though!!!!

  • Tree Hugger

    Hey, what about the rights of vegetables? You ever think of that? They are alive too!!! Why don’t you just try not eat, you fat slobs?