The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.
It’s far from the first time they’ve faced heavy scrutiny, however.
In many ways, the family’s most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.
Here’s a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash …
Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one – a picture that now seems tame considering what they’ve been stirring up more recently.
The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.
Staunch ones at that, standing out among today’s TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.
As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.
The family’s views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they’ve also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.
Outspoken opponents of abortion, birth control, gay marriage and even evolution, Duggar family members have made many eyebrow-raising headlines of late.
From patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, her now-husband, it seems like everyone is getting in on the act.
Scroll through the gallery above to look back on some of their most notorious scandals, and tell us: Do you think TLC will cave to the public pressure?
As more and more people urge the network to pull the plug on the hit reality show, they will likely be forced to at least address the controversy in some form.
Will they cancel arguably the most powerful family on TV? That remains to be seen, and is probably a long shot for those pushing this petition so hard.
Nevertheless, it’s left the family, their beliefs and their way of life under the microscope like never before, even as they enjoy such widespread popularity.
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.
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13 Biggest Duggar Family Scandals: Will They Force TLC to Cancel 19 Kids & Counting?