TLC and the Duggar Family Situation: More Lies And Counting

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

’19 Kids': Josh Duggar’s Politico Dad Advocated Death for Rapists.

The future of their TLC cable series “19 Kids and Counting” is in question after the clan’s oldest son Josh Duggar confirmed reports that, as a teenager, he had molested several young girls. The show has been telecast since September 2008 and, judging from the Duggars’ various social media accounts, new episodes were in production last week when Josh Duggar’s past caught up with him. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” said TLC in a statement. The comments by Jim Bob Duggar, which were first reported by the Gawker site Defamer, were made in a Q&A section of the web site his campaign put up for his 2002 run for the U.S.

Because TLC is probably too busy counting the money before sussing out the PR damage and whether or not the Duggar family can keep on selling its particular brand of religious double-standards and moral finger-pointing after one of its 19, Josh Duggar, admitted his involvement in a sexual molestation scandal involving five underage girls in 2002-2003, which reportedly included his sisters. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, their children — the youngest is five years old — and grandchildren are household names among social conservatives and celebrities at right-wing parades and conventions. The hotel chain told a Twitter user on Monday that it shared concerns about what was unfolding with the Duggars “and we have decided to remove our advertising from the show.” Payless said its ads on the show ran as part of a “larger buy” on TLC but that company is “taking steps to have them removed from future episodes.” Before Tuesday, Walgreens had said that it was monitoring the situation with the show, but that stance wasn’t good enough for some folks. On Friday, a General Mills spokesperson confirmed that the company had removed the show from its advertising schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he wrote. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.

Springing to Josh Duggar’s defense has been Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who said the fact that Duggar had acknowledged wrongdoing, sought help and moved on was “testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.” The family has already been in the line of fire before, raising hackles last year with remarks that were deemed to be anti-gay — and prompting calls for TLC to ditch the show. We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.” Since the news broke, the Kansas police have destroyed all copies of the investigation.

You might remember that TLC not only put on Toddlers & Tiaras, a train wreck of bad parental decisions involving their children and the exploitation thereof, but the far worse spin-off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which was child exploitation taken to a new level, where the show managed to laugh at fat people, rednecks, the South, personal hygiene, ignorance and, well, what’s left? A spokesperson for the Springdale Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly that a local circuit judge approved having the 2006 offense report expunged.

The show worked until Honey Boo Boo’s mom, known as Mama June Shannon, was reportedly dating a convicted child molester who allegedly abused her daughter, Anna. Duggar has since resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, and has canceled a scheduled appearance to speak at a home-schooling convention in Sandusky, Ohio.

General Mills — maker of Cheerios and Lucky Charms cereals, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury baking products, Progresso soups, Häagen-Dazs ice cream and hundreds of other products — said Monday it was pulling its advertising. His 2,162-word post, titled “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” was published three days after Josh Duggar apologized in the wake of a tabloid report alleging that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager. Maybe they didn’t do it in a way that pleases everyone, but they acted decisively to confront the sin, to call a penitent son back from his errors, and to seek to aid the hurting victims.” Sadly, this type of thing is all too common. We should not downplay the seriousness of these offenses particularly, nor gloss over the pain and confusion they often bring, sometimes for a lifetime. “Do not keep silent if you are being abused, tell someone you trust, a parent, a teacher, a friend, anyone is better than silence,” he wrote. “You are likely not the only one who has been abused.

The Duggars have regularly gone out of their way to rail against other people not living up to their “traditional family values,” which looked like a freak-fest on the very surface but was apparently so much more ugly underneath. Civil penalties are sometimes required and we should never begrudge the victims of crimes or the civil authorities from seeking justice, but we are not to condemn repentant sinners in our hearts or with our tongues or pens. Senate in 2002 (note the timing as it relates to Josh Duggar’s “teenage mistakes”), his campaign, as detailed by Gawker, which went back over old campaign material, advocated for rape and incest to be capital crimes, which could be punishable by death.

And who knows, maybe TLC wanted those to come out eventually because then the show would be even more of a gross curiosity and Americans would tune in to rubberneck. TLC is or was home to My 600-lb Life, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, America’s Worst Tattoos, Breaking Amish, Gypsy Sisters, Hoarding: Buried Alive, Kate Plus 8, four shows about “Little People,” My Five Wives, My Strange Addiction, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Sex Sent Me To the ER, Sister Wives and, well, a colossal collection of other crap.

Once you get in the business of producing shows like that — shows meant to be little more than a televised circus — perhaps you lose the capacity to know when it’s time to pull the plug on one where sexual molestation and perhaps incest have taken place, right under the series’ mantra of pure conservative values.

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