Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Is ‘Holding Her Head High’

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘We’re excited': Jessa Duggar says she’s happy to return to TLC after 19 Kids And Counting was canceled.

The 19 Kids And Counting vet told Entertainment Tonight that she thinks working again with sister Jill and their respective husbands Derrick and Ben for their two to three new shows will be ‘great.’ Brother Josh – who they said molested them when they were children – will not be featured in the new programs. ‘We’re excited.Pregnant Jessa Duggar opened up about her upcoming TLC specials, parenthood, and more at the Southern Women’s Show, where she was joined by husband Ben Seewald Duggars 2.0! We’re looking forward to this,’ the 22-year-old Jessa, who’s pregnant with her first child, told ET. ‘We’re going to be doing some filming, preparing to welcome this little one into our lives.’ ‘It’s going to be huge. [Ben and I] were just talking logistics of travel. The hit show was yanked off the air after it was revealed that eldest brother Josh had molested several young girls when he was a teenager, including Jill and Jessa.

In August, Josh checked into a long-term treatment center just days after after admitting he had used the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife Anna. So far untitled, they will feature Jill Dillard, 24, who, with her husband, Derick, and their infant son are preparing to move to El Salvador for missionary work, and sister Jessa Seewald, 22, who with her husband Ben is expecting their first child on Nov. 1. It’s gonna be great.” As previously reported, the specials will document Jill and Jessa’s lives as wives and mothers (or mothers-to-be, in Jessa’s case).

Yet, like a televangelist who continues to preach the Holy Bible while he’s indicted for fraud, TLC smugly breezed over the Duggar’s cover-up of son Josh’s molestation and incest history. The girls revealed in that interview that they did not know they had been molested until their parents explained what happened to them and sent their son away.

The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, intercultural understanding and human rights. The two sisters largely downplayed what went on between themselves and their older brother, calling the inappropriate touching ‘subtle’ and ‘mild.’ ‘It wasn’t like a horror story or this terrible thing,’ Jessa insisted in the interview, as both siblings stressed that the two of them and the rest of their family, including Josh, had dealt with the trauma and put it behind them a long time ago. Other 2015 recipients include Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund; Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and chairman of the board of Ariel Investment Trust; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first black woman to enroll in the University of Georgia; and artist Carrie Mae Weems. Right now, we packed all of our stuff in a little suitcase for this weekend trip, and I was like, man, when you have a baby!” the Arkansas native continued. “Our friends have been warning us, ‘You’re going to have car seats and strollers and a huge bag for all the baby stuff.'” Jessa, of course, is one of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, all of whom have names that start with the letter J. In July, the cable network pulled the plug on America’s favorite fecund family, two months after In Touch had exposed that eldest son, Josh Duggar, had molested his sisters and other young women as a teenager.

Both women participated in that film, titled “Breaking the Silence.” “They thought it was an important issue, and they showed an incredible amount of courage in sharing their story,” Daniels said. “We were struck by that courage, and by how they are moving forward. The specials could also pave the way for the next Duggar wedding following reports that Jinger Duggar has begun courting family friend Lawson Bates, whose family also has a reality show about their 19 children – Bringing Up Bates.

The network released a statement at the time that it “has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help.” As it turns out, that TLC’s break-up with the Duggars was about as fleeting and insubstantial as Ross and Rachel’s many splits on Friends. A portrait of wholesome family life, it became TLC’s most watched series, averaging 3.2 million viewers, until it was pulled from the air in May, then officially canceled in July. Yes, TLC is confident that two months without fresh footage of the Duggars’ wholesome madcap adventures—of course, omitting any references to their transphobic crusades—was just too much for the general public to bear. When the Daily Beast reached out to TLC for comment on the new Duggar specials, a representative responded by email to confirm the AP story, but had nothing “additional to share” at this time.

Some of the headlines announcing TLC’s renewed embrace of the Duggars have pinned the blame, or at least the stain, of this blessed union on the family. While the Duggars hardly come out of this new television deal smelling like a bouquet of roses, TLC is the one that has brokered this Faustian bargain.

In doing so, the network tacitly supported the family’s willingness to hide their son’s molestation while parading out the daughters that had been his victims. While all reality TV shows have varying elements of selling a fantasy or construction of real-life, to continue to glorify a family that has covered up molestation and forced the victims to pretend all was normal on national TV is a completely different low. Not only that, TLC continuing to broadcast the Duggars is a tacit endorsement of their trumpeting of so-called family values and judging others, LGBT people included, while covering up abuse, adultery, and porn addiction.

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