Back in September, a petition to convince TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was posted on the website Change.org, and began to slowly make the rounds online.
The petition was a response to Michelle Duggar’s involvement in a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination law. Yes, repeal a law against discrimination.
Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. – Michelle Duggar
Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be…
The law in question prevents employers and landlords from denying jobs and housing to applicants on the basis of sexual preference. The Duggars? Not fans.
Michelle recorded a robocall claiming the law allowed “males with past child predator convictions” who “claim they are female” to enter women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.
Well, the author of the petition to axe 19 Kids and Counting claims that Michelle’s recording constitutes hate speech, and that TLC is implicitly supporting such beliefs.
Apparently, more than 123,000 people agree with him.
For months, the petition – titled “End LGBTQ Fear Mongering By the Duggars” – languished in obscurity, receiving just 6,000 signatures in its first two months online.
However, a recent controversy involving Michelle and Jim Bob Duggars’ Facebook page brought a renewed interest in the Duggars’ political beliefs.
It all started when Michelle and Jim Bob asked married couples to submit photos of themselves kissing by posting them on the official Duggars’ Facebook page.
Several hundred did so, only for a number of gay and interracial couples to claim that their pictures were immediately deleted by the Arkansas couple.
The resulting uproar and media attention resulted in the anti-Duggar petition receiving an additional 117,000 signatures in the past four days alone.
The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.
The Duggars have yet to respond to the campaign to have them taken off the air, but they did say, vaguely, that they will not compromise their values.
Stay tuned, and watch 19 Kids and Counting online to decide for yourself if the Duggars are dangerous or harmless, and tell us below in the comments:
Should TLC cancel the show because of the Duggars’ views?
More Duggar Trouble: Petition to Cancel 19 Kids and Counting Reaches Goal of 100,000 Signatures