A 13-year-old sued his parents for being born a redhead...true or false?
Sometimes a story comes along that just can't be real, right? Or is it?
Well this is one of them...
According to World News Daily Report, A redheaded child is suing his parents for $2 million for being ginger.
But, is it true?
The story goes:
It ain't easy being green… or red apparently.
At least according to Liam Murphy, a 13-year-old boy who is suing his parents for $2 million for being born a ginger in a "Wrongful Life" lawsuit.
While many a redhead is bullied and made fun of, hair color isn't exactly "chosen" by the parents, kid. Don't they teach science in junior high?
Sure, the parents are both redheads too, but if they were satisfied enough with their strawberry topped lives to bring a new one into the world, can't this freckle-faced teen learn something from them?
But no, the teen says they planted a "voluntary prejudice" on him with the very probable chance that his life would be a shear misery thanks to his carrot topped cranium.
For his recessive burden, the kid is asking for $1.35 million in "pain and suffering" and $800,000 on top of that for his "loss of enjoyment of life."
At just 13, this kid must be a real punching bag for his classmates. Perhaps he can run to the drug store with his allowance and grab a box of brunette hair dye and go about living among the other humans.
His lawyer, James Franklin O'Conner (a ginger too, maybe?), is confident about winning the case citing scientific data about the real social troubles redheads must deal with on a constant basis. Rejection, name calling, and the like were all things Murphy's parents "knew" would happen, but they procreated anyway.
The thing is, the parents don't even have this kind of money, even if Murphy wins the case. Dad is an electrician and mom is… wait for it… a hairdresser! A ginger hairdresser – and clients actually allow her to style their dos without the fear of "cooties" or cross-genetic contamination.
So.... is it true or fake?
As Snopes points out, this story is faker than Kendall Jenner's lips.
One Texas couple became a meme after they went 18 minutes without shredded cheese on their fajitas. What could be worse?
Karens. Even if you don't know them by name, you know who they are.
Karens have been asking to speak to managers all over American suburbia ever since Kate Gosselin debuted her infamous reverse-mullet on Jon and Kate Plus 8 in 2007. "Karens"—the collective nickname for middle-aged entitled white women who love nothing more than being pains in your ass—have been walking among us for quite some time, but as shelter-in-place orders and mask mandates have taken over the world, the presence of Karens has become even more apparent.
Last weekend, a Karen went viral in a since-deleted Tweet for a reason only Karens would empathize with. Jason Vicknair, a 40-year-old man from Allen, Texas, was just trying to enjoy his first date night out in three months with his wife at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Mi Cocina. Things took a turn for the worse.
Not a great business woman...
All she had to do was keep quiet and she could have had a $15 million payday.
Disgusting behavior everyone would agree.
It then transpired that Grigorieva had audio tape recordings of Gibson screaming obscene abuse at her, telling her that she "deserved" the assault and that he'd "bury" her, as well as making racial, homophobic and sexist slurs. Nice guy huh?
General opinion was that Gibson is revolting POS, his career nose-dived and he pleaded no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery.
Sympathy, naturally still with the victim.
However, it then became apparent that Grigorieva thought she could make herself some big bucks off her famous ex. Gibson obviously didn't want the appalling recordings going public, and offered the mother of his youngest child a staggering $15 million custody settlement—but only if she turned the tapes over to him.
The Russian singer walked away from the deal on the table—sadly, not so that she could stand up for battered women everywhere, to take on her attacker no matter how rich and famous he was. No, she walked away from the deal thinking she could get even more from Gibson if the world could see what a violent asshole he was.
So Oksana tried to call his bluff and promptly leaked the shocking tapes via Radar in July 2010.
Her plan backfired though.
It turns out she couldn't make more money once the tapes were broadcast after all (disgusting as they were), and following a year of bitter negotiations the warring pair struck a deal for $750,000 instead—critically, one of the key elements of the deal was a gag clause. Oksana was not to talk about the violent incident with Gibson in public.
The settlement was to be made in three installments of $250,000 each—first when the deal was struck in 2011, the second in September 2013 and the final payment by September 2016.
However, in 2013, Oksana appeared on the Howard Stern Show and her loose lips got the better of her. Sure enough she had a chat with Howard about the 60 year old actor.
BIG mistake. The judge had explicitly warned Grigorieva not to speak in public about any of the allegations or the settlement would be void. Now the California Court of Appeals has ruled that Gibson will not have to make the remaining two payments—totaling $500,000 as she broke the agreement.
Now I get that what Gibson did was hideous, and I think that any perpetrator of domestic violence deserves to be outed. Nobody in their right mind would never condone Gibson's actions and his money should not make any difference to justice.
However, Oksana Grigorieva already made it clear that justice was up for sale when she tried to use the recordings as a negotiation tactic to get money out of Gibson.
She wasn't all about standing up and speaking out against domestic violence. She was about making as much money off her rich and famous ex as she could.
So I really can't feel sorry for her that she's ended up with 1/60th of the original $15 million offered and just ⅓ of the actual settlement.
Check out the clip below of part of the Stern appearance—she definitely looks uncomfortable...almost like she can feel the dollars slipping through her fingers.