It seems like we cover personal injury often, in part because it’s one of the most common forms of civil litigation. If you’re trying to sue someone in civil court, it’s probably because you were hurt somehow. Personal injury is therefore defined as a physical injury incurred through a person or organization’s negligence. But the definition can be broadened to include other forms of “injury,” including financial, through defamation.
Still, it seems like a stretch to sue the sponsors of Super Bowl LIV for personal injury according to one’s own beliefs. Maybe that’s why podcaster Dave Daubenmire has said that the halftime show was a form of “discrimination” according to his Christian faith.
Daubenmire said, “They got crotch shots flying everywhere at the Super Bowl, and they don’t have any warnings.” The halftime show was “piping pornagraphy into his house,” the lawsuit says. He also wants to invite others to join the burgeoning litigation in order to give in class-action status. If granted by a judge (it won’t be), that would mean that anyone who attended or watched the show could attach their names to the litigation.
He called it the “Super Bowl Porn Show.” He said, “Viewing what you put on that screen put me in danger of hellfire.”
Later, he complained: “That’s discriminatory against the values I have in my house — you can’t just do that. I want to sue them. I want to sue them for about 867 trillion dollars.”
Daubenmire is a recorded supporter of President Donald J. Trump, who has been married four times, and whose current wife was has posed for nude photo shoots. This has led some to question his faith.
There’s one obvious flaw in the potential lawsuit. Namely, discrimination is defined by Google dictionary as “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.”
Legal definitions of discrimination are similar, and Daubenmire has a lot of work to do if he wants to find a way to incorporate those definitions into his lawsuit. He’s the one who decided to turn on the television, and then turn it off. That was his choice. No one actively targeted him or his faith for persecution, which is why a judge will almost certainly strike down his lawsuit long before it makes its way into court.
It’s worth mentioning that Daubenmire’s complaints have mostly been made in the public eye, because, as we mentioned, he is a podcaster. Might he just be looking for attention?