I don’t even know where to start on this one. Yesterday I read an article on FOX News concerning the Osteens. Someone is suing Victoria Osteen, claiming that Victoria assaulted her. The plaintiff, Sharon Brown, is seeking 10% of Victoria Osteen’s net worth based on pain and suffering. I am not going to get into the details of the suit – you can read it for yourself here.
All I want to do is comment on the situation, although I don’t see how Victoria’s alleged actions could have in any way caused Miss Brown’s hemorrhoids (yes, that is part of her law suit!). It appears to me as a case of someone suing a “celebrity” more for the publicity and the possibility of a quiet settlement. These lawsuits happen all the time; but most of the time, the celebrity settles out of court for a fraction of the suit, which is why plaintiffs often seek such enormous sums.
The Osteens are the pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Every weekend, over 40,000 people flock to the church to be encouraged and exhorted by Joel and Victoria Osteen. While I take issue with their message of “You can do it!” To me, it is sermons based on Rob Schneider’s character from “Waterboy” with about as much theological depth. But that’s not the point.
Victoria is part of an extremely successful ministry. She is worth millions. Her husband reportedly got a $13 million advance for his most recent book, Become a Better You. To date, the book has sold more than 1.3 million copies. His first book, Your Best Life Now, has sold over 4 million copies. I figure the Osteens are worth at least a few million dollars.
But I have a hard time believing that if I had been annoyed enough by a rude flight attendant to request seeing the pilot and I tried to get past said attendant that the previously mentioned attendant would be suing me for 10% of my net worth (which, at present is about $30, depending on whether my paycheck hit the account yet). She is not suing because she developed an anxiety disorder or cannot sit comfortably without an inflatable donut cushion. She is suing because she can.
Victoria Osteen may be a rude person with a diva-complex. I cannot speak one way or another on that issue. I don’t know her. But flight attendants deal with rude people all the time; and you know what? If there was some kind of unidentified liquid on my first class seat where I have to place my rump for a couple of house…I’d be a little miffed as well.
The point is not whether Victoria Osteen is a diva. She’s the wife of a very well known person. She is wealthy. Even if she did try to get past Miss Brown, there’s no way that it is worth 10% of Victoria’s net worth.
I don’t know which is more absurd – the fact that Miss Brown is pursuing this law suit, the ridiculous lawyer who actually took the case, the judge who is actually hearing it, or the fact that even in a court room situation Joel Osteen cannot stop smiling. I mean – his wife is being dragged through legal hell, and he’s still smiling. (He reminds me of Bob from those old Cialis commercials.)