These 22 Joel Osteen Memes Brutally Tear Into His Response To Harvey
The day after Hurricane Harvey hit, as mosques, public schools, and even furniture stores opened their doors to Texans displaced by the flooding, the colossal 16,500-seat Lakewood Church in Houston remained closed. Its celebrity pastor was lambasted for not immediately opening his megachurch to those hit by the hurricane, and Joel Osteen's delayed Harvey response inevitably became a meme.
Osteen's megachurch was initially closed to Harvey victims, and its staff claimed that the building was "inaccessible due to severe flooding," although social media sleuths noted otherwise. After intense backlash, Osteen told CNN's Chris Cuomo that his massive church was open to shelter those affected by the hurricane. He told Cuomo, "We're housing hundreds of people that have been displaced by the flooding. All day today and yesterday, we've been receiving supplies."
Prior to the media appearance on Wednesday, Osteen's church reportedly served distribution center for victims in search of basic supplies like diapers, sanitary pads, food items, and more. Lakewood Church appears to be open to victims now, but Osteen defended his decision to keep it closed on NBC's TODAY. "If [the city] would have asked us to become a shelter early on," Osteen said, "we would have prepared for it."
But it looks like Osteen won't be spared by the internet anytime soon. At the very least, he'll have to wade through a ton of jokes and memes to recover from this episode.
1. Osteen As A Verb
These Joel Osteen memes 😂 pic.twitter.com/sewl7Vu1LO— Krystle Carrington (@MissKrys58) August 30, 2017
You can use Osteen as a verb now wherein "Osteen" means giving someone an excuse. It works.
2. That Face
"We were never closed," Joel Osteen says in his own defense.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 30, 2017
Nothing better than this classic meme for a special occasion.
3. Joel Osteen As Drake
the Joel Osteen memes are childish, unfair, and hilarious pic.twitter.com/nnBon3vykq— Jeff Giesea (@jeffgiesea) August 30, 2017
Thank you, Photoshop.
4. Do It For The City
PR: Do it for the city!— Ashley D. (@MsAshleyDevonna) August 30, 2017
Joel Osteen: pic.twitter.com/RqOvmN2ZPs
I'm not sure what's going on here but the little girl is adorable.
5. The Iron Sheik Speaks Up
Loud and clear.
6. Just A Little Money
These Joel Osteen memes are no joke. People not letting up nor will they forget. pic.twitter.com/uKh18w6rkb— Carlos Williams (@Smart_Sapper12B) August 29, 2017
Just a tiny bit.
7. Top Three For This One
The joel osteen memes are phenomenal!!! There were my top 3 . And btw. Joel osteen u ugly for that bruh pic.twitter.com/KEDUDfavLh— Joe (@JoeDreemurr) August 31, 2017
People had their favorites, too.
8. Chris Christie And Joel Osteen
Remember when New Jersey governor Chris Christie hit up a closed beach and everyone had a pretty good reason to be mad? Now, introducing the "Osteen and Christie" edition of memes.
9. This Dave Chappelle GIF
Joel Osteen right now seeing that he is being exposed.. pic.twitter.com/zaDgMV4FzL— RespectMyGame (@battletested5) August 28, 2017
The best Chappelle GIF to use in this case.
10. $50 A Head
Another great photo.
11. The Ultimate Curve
When she thinks you are gonna let her spend the night pic.twitter.com/sH8mwEalGE— T🅱️🅱️🅱️E (@PyrexPicasso) August 29, 2017
Right after "Netflix and chill."
12. A Fake Albeit Glorious Quote
b4 u JUDGE Joel Osteen how about u hear his side? pic.twitter.com/uhpSOJJo4U— Ali the ¢abbage (@AliMaadelat) September 1, 2017
13. Monty Python Time
An appropriate Monty Python GIF is always appreciated.
14. Precious Sandwiches
Joel Osteen when he sees ppl grabbing too many sandwiches pic.twitter.com/i7JdObFoc1— Bleenex & Blorox (@iHeart_youKeish) August 30, 2017
Take only one, please. Thanks.
15. What Church?
That's just your imagination.
16. More Chappelle
Joel when Houston started to flood 👇😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/vlcAXY1ZWh— Doc Herv Nerbler (@Dr_Herv_Nerbler) August 30, 2017
17. Hell No
Can we use your church as a shelter?— AJ (@ImAJBro) August 31, 2017
Joel Osteen: pic.twitter.com/5mdEgnekFQ
This is art.
18. Stay Off The Carpets
Those Joel Osteen meme though 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/gtK0ZjMYB2— pisces_rebel (@piscesforever25) August 30, 2017
19. Give Them The Osteen Curve
"aye bro can I stay at your house for HC?"— Deray McCloutnnseon (@_MylesHigh) August 29, 2017
Just do it.
20. More Osteen-ing
Person I haven't seen since I was 16: "Hey Colyan I'm coming to Athens this weekend for the game can I stay with you?"— Colyan Miller (@StopColyanMe) August 31, 2017
21. A Biblical Themed Meme
My friend Bethany made this Joel Osteen meme on Facebook and I'm inconsolable 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/7QWWhef4ez— Nicole ☀️At Sunrise (@alamanecer) August 30, 2017
It's a thing now.
22. There's No Stopping The Memes
Joseph: Please sir! My wife is pregnant I think the baby is coming right now! We've come all the way to Bethlehem, please!— Huey P. Newton (@BlueMatrix5) August 31, 2017
No stopping ever.
Perhaps Osteen could learn a thing or two from these memes. If there is a hurricane pummeling your state and thousands need shelter, open your church and maybe don't wait for the city to give you the "go" signal.