Controversy surrounding Tebow erupted in 2009 over his Christian beliefs and quickly became a national topic of conversation. Tebow has been mocked again and again for his choice to be celibate, displaying scriptures on his eyeblack, and his celebration pose — kneeling, in prayer, which became an Internet meme known as "Tebowing."
A reporter at one press conference asked Tebow if he was a virgin. Tebow replied yes, and the media had a heyday. Reporters blatantly asking about one's sex life has not always been acceptable in society. Just a few generations ago, people would have been appalled to hear such questions on their nightly news. In 1950s television shows, such as I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show, parents were portrayed with separate twin beds rather than sharing a bed. This reinforces the idea of social construct, that society and its ideas are always evolving.
Media still covers Tebow's breakups, especially when they are a result of his girlfriend not accepting his choice to be celibate until marriage. Recently, a dating site offered $1 million to anyone who could take Tebow's virginity. Sensationalizing one's sexuality has become a game for the media to play with society. The only media outlets who speak of any athletes' abstinence in a good light are Christian and LDS publications.