With critics calling for TLC to cancel her reality show, Michelle Duggar has launched a counter-petition to save 19 Kids and Counting from cancelation.
A Change (dot) org petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was actually started earlier this year, after Michelle made controversial headlines politically.
She allegedly recorded a robo-call allegedly asking Fayetteville, Ark. residents to vote to repeal a law that prevents discrimination. Yes, that prevents it.
The law in question condemns property and business owners to oust or fire people based on gender identity. In other words, transgender Americans.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar then sparked an even bigger public controversy this month when they invited fans to share kissing photos on Facebook.
After they reportedly took down submissions from gay couples, they faced backlash online, and the aforementioned petition began to widely circulate.
Both incidents are rooted in the family’s support for “traditional” marriage, and form the crux of the rebuttal petition Michelle is promoting to save the show.
“The Duggar Family is under attack from anti-marriage advocates for standing for traditional marriage,” the Ipetitions (dot) com note posted by Michelle reads.
“We commend The Duggar Family for their brave stand in defending marriage as ordained by God between one man and one woman,” the petition goes on.
“No individual’s sexual behavior and chosen lifestyle has the right to redefine marriage. Sign our petition today to let TLC know that you support the Duggars.”
As of this posting, it has about 6,000 signatures. The petition to make TLC axe the series now has 130,000, although it has been online since August 20.
The scandal is not the first surrounding the Arkansas family, and it almost certainly won’t be the last. The question is whether or not the network will cave.
The couple did not address the Facebook controversy specifically, but recently put out a statement saying they will always stand for truth and values.
Don’t expect them to back down, in other words. Your move, TLC …