Duggar Fired From TLC Show
We saw this one coming
In August, Derick Dillard tweeted about his contempt for Jazz Jennings, the star of TLC’s I Am Jazz. Jazz is a 17-year-old transgender woman dealing with growing up, being accepted, and showing that she’s no different than any other teen.
As we previously reported, Derick had some choice (and bigoted) words to say about the show and its star. “What an oxymoron. A ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid. It’s ordained by God,” he wrote.
He received backlash from his fans and critics for the harsh statement, but it didn’t change his tone. Instead, he doubled down on his stance. Strangely enough, Derick tweeted a quote from Janice Raymond (a radical lesbian feminist author) that stated that no one should be exploited or discriminated against for their own beliefs — but also that using hormones and surgery to “transform men into women and women into men” is not acceptable. Dillard simply said, “I agree with Janice Raymond on this.”
Jazz found out about the Counting On star’s comments as follows: “Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.”
One of Derick’s fans began a conversation with him on Twitter about his controversial beliefs on transgender people, and Derick had more “hateful” comments about Jazz, her show, and her family.
Derick called his followers to read his blog about uniting American citizens, but Twitter user @_mastercthulhu explained to Derick that his comments come off as “condescending.” On November 9, Derick responded to her:
“I pity Jazz, [for] those who take advantage of him [sic] in order [to] promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions [to] be made by a child. It’s sad that people would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him [sic], just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.”
The conversation between them went back and forth with the fan trying to get him to see that he can’t be a loving, accepting Christian if he bashes other people. Derick said he’s just expressing his concerns as a Christian, and that “the beauty of the world is that everybody is not like me.”
He continued, “It’s not wrong for someone to gently explain their views of something. Freedom of speech w/ mutual respect are healthy practices we have in the U.S.”
TLC didn’t agree. The network didn’t seem to think that Derick’s comments were healthy, and they didn’t appreciate that he was taking aim at another one of their stars. The higher ups at TLC decided not to work with Dillard anymore.
On November 11, TLC Network wrote on Twitter. “We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.” They claimed that Derick’s statements don’t reflect those of the network. “TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so,” they continued.
The object of Derick’s ire also chimed in on the situation. Jazz wrote on Twitter after TLC’s decision, “In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love.”
There has been no comment from the Duggars about Derick’s ousting from the show yet. Are you happy to see Derick go, or was he just exercising his freedom of speech? Let us know in the comments and SHARE this story!