Satirical News About Osteen's Houston Response Sends Social Media To Frenzy

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August 29, 2017

The Babylon Bee is a satirical Christian news site that posts humorous, but untrue, stories. While the site brings many laughs to their readers, issues arise when people think that the "news" is accurate. Their latest article has social media in an absolute frenzy, as many are believing its content.

The "trusted source for Christian news satire" posted an article on Tuesday about Joel Osteen. The title of it alone is causing it to go viral. It is titled, "Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston To Pass Out Copies Of 'Your Best Life Now.'"

https://twitter.com/TheBabylonBee/status/902567256005201924

The sarcastic article says that the megachurch pastor brought his yacht, the "S.S. Blessed," through the flooded Houston streets. It said that Osteen smiled and waved at victims, handing out signed editions of his best-selling book, "Your Best Life Now."

It continued, saying that Osteen was shouting at people to "enlarge your vision," and "choose to be happy." It ended by saying that people were allowed to climb on the yacht for a brief photo op but then had to get off. 

Now, many readers are not understanding the humor in the article. Instead, they are believing it as truth. After only a few hours of the article being released, it has gone viral and sent the Internet into a frenzy.

As of Tuesday at 3:30 pm ET, the site's Facebook post already had over 9.6k reactions and 4,669 shares. Their Twitter post had 59 comments, 1.6k likes, and 867 retweets.

Many readers thought that the article was true, and shared it as news. Here are a few of the comments on the original Facebook post.

Readers that knew it was a satirical article had varying opinions as well. While most thought it was humorous, others condemned the Babylon Bee for posting a humorous article about the flooding while it is still going on.

What do you think about this? Did you see the Babylon Bee article? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook. For other real news, read our latest article about how Joel Osteen actually just opened up the doors to his church and showed photos of the flooding that caused the delay. 

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