Montel Williams Slams ‘World Class Bigot’ Josh Duggar on Twitter as TLC Airs ’19 Kids and Counting’ Marathon
Josh Duggar, a star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, admitted yesterday (May 21, 2015) to molesting minor girls, some of whom include his younger sisters, when he was underaged. TLC reacted by airing a 19 Kids marathon, much to the distaste of everyone.
Additionally, TV host Montel Williams took to Twitter to call out Duggar, calling him a “slimebag,” amongst other things, for hypocritically “claiming #lgbt dangerous to kids.”
Williams angrily wrote on Twitter,
Williams further called out Duggar and the FRC for their hypocrisy, and quoted scripture:
He continued to write on Facebook:
Those of you on Twitter know where I stand on 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar. Josh chose his path – he chose to work for a bigot – Tony Perkins and his organization. He chose to make bigoted comments about#lgbt individuals being dangers to kids – he chose to do ALL OF THOSE THINGS while hiding the fact his father had essentially covered up Josh having, by his own admission, molested his sisters as a teenager. So yes, that renders him a bigot, and yes, it is appropriate to call him a hypocrite, and yes, a scumbag.
Turns out the “danger” to kids is Duggar himself. Thing is this tends to happen with those who are extreme in their anti-gay bigotry – they all end up learning why it’s a bad idea to throw stones from a glass house. That he did this while preaching about Christian values makes me wonder if he has read the Gospel. If he did, he has a reading comprehension problem.
Williams then asserted he wrote what he did on Twitter because “it was the right thing to do”:
Meanwhile on TLC, viewers were outraged to see a 7-hour 19 Kids and Counting marathon in light of the scandalous, abhorrent news about one of the stars. The only other acknowledgement TLC has made was a tweet referring to the family’s reactions (you can see their statements below).
She’s not happy either, tweeting out,
The now unearthed 2006 Arkansas police report, first obtained by In Touch magazine, states that when Josh was around 14, he allegedly molested five girls beginning in 2002. His father and mother Jim Bob and Michelle did not immediately tell police of the incidents, and instead called upon church elders to meet with Josh and send him to a treatment program.
28-year-old Duggar, who has since resigned from the Family Research Council, issued an apology statement yesterday that said:
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. 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. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.
I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.
Jim Bob and Michelle told People,
Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. hen Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us—even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey—the good times and the difficult times—cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.
According to TMZ, the first tip about Duggar’s sexual abuse was sent to a member of Oprah Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, in 2006 the morning of the family’s scheduled appearance on her talk show. The email not only mentioned the sexual abuse against his sisters, but also that Jim Bob and Michelle had covered it up. Thereafter, Winfrey immediately cancelled the taping, sent them home, and forwarded the tip to a child abuse hotline.
Josh and his wife Anna are currently expecting their fourth child.
Anna said of the incidents,
I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes.
He continued to do what he was taught. [I know] who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right.