I've never watched the Duggar freak show known as "19 Kids and Counting." The good news is that it looks increasingly that no one else will be able to watch it again. While TLC has yet to flat out cancel the freak show, the Duggar attempt via a softball Fox News interview to do damage control seems to have failed. Reactions have been negative and rather confess and apologize, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar down played their son's deviancy, made excuses, attacked society and acted as if they were the victims and then slammed transgender individuals as pedophiles for extra measure. These people are repulsive and I suspect their children need an intervention and de-programing from the batshitery they have been forced to endure. A piece at MSN News looks at the overall reaction to the lies and excuse making. Here are excerpts:
Based on the early response to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's interview with Fox News, the future of their TLC reality series "19 Kids and Counting" looks bleak.
The Duggars sat down Wednesday with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to discuss the recent revelations that their oldest son Josh had inappropriately touched five underage girls when he was a teenager. Four of them were his sisters, including one when she was 5 years old.
On NBC's "Today," coanchor Matt Lauer noted that people typically agree to sit for a TV interview in order to put controversial issues to rest. But in this case, he said, the interview only raised more questions, such as why the Duggars waited for more than a year to report Josh's actions to authorities despite his having confessed to his actions three times.
In David Wright's report on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said, "As a father of three little girls this was a brutal hour to watch."
CNN's Anderson Cooper said: "If you have 19 kids, you can't be a good parent."
But what really may doom the Duggars' TV future is the response on social media - something that advertisers pay a lot of attention to these days, according to Brad Adgate, senior vice president for research at the ad-buying firm Horizon Media.
The Duggars took a pounding on Twitter during and after the interview, especially for suggesting that they were victims of media bias and tabloid journalism. . . . the public reaction to the Duggars will make it "an impossible task" to get advertisers to support the program if it ever returned. A number of major companies have already said they will not run their spots in "19 Kids and Counting," which was pulled from the TLC schedule on May 22.
The Duggars ARE the true face of today's far right Christofascists. The reality is that far right Christians like the Duggars are NOT nice and decent people. It's a reality that the larger public needs to grasp sooner rather than later. Rather than having a television show, the Duggars need to be reviled for the nasty freaks, hypocrites and bigots that they are in fact. Think Progress looks at Michelle Duggars efforts to again equate being transgendered as the equivalent of being a pedophile as if the attacks would somehow change the subject. Here are excerpts:
During Wednesday night’s interview with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar about their son Josh’s history of molesting his younger sisters, Fox News’ Megyn Kelley pressed the conservative couple to justify their advocacy against LGBT equality. Specifically, she asked Michelle about her robocalls against Fayetteville’s LGBT ordinance, in which she smeared transgender people as a threat to the safety of women and children. “How could you unfairly… compare transgender people to child molesters, suggest they are child molesters, knowing what you know about Josh?”In my view, Jim Bob and Michelle are human refuse. One has to wonder why their minor children have not been removed by child protective services. Oh, I forgot! They live in Arkansas.
Michelle doubled down on her comments, erasing the very experience of transgender people’s identities by saying, “I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls’ locker room is just common sense.”
Kelley insisted, “But this is different because you injected child molestation into it.” Jim Bob interrupted to clarify that Michelle said “pedophile,” which requires the perpetrator to be of a certain age, but Josh was younger — “a child preying on a child,” not a pedophile — so it’s not a fair comparison. Michelle then claimed that they were the ones being victimized by these charges of hypocrisy, explaining, “This is more about — there’s an agenda, and there’s people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.”
What Michelle actually said last summer was that Fayetteville’s nondiscrimination order was that men — “yes, I said men!” — would be allowed into “women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas, and other areas that are designated for females only.” She referred to “males with past child predator convictions” — not “pedophiles” — who might “claim they are female” to enter women’s spaces.
Kelley missed an opportunity to call out another example of hypocrisy from the Duggars’ past public statements. In 2002, when Jim Bob was running for U.S. Senate, he actually argued that rape and incest “represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.”