‘Counting On’: Jessa Duggar’s Recent Instagram Content Seems Incredibly Calculated

Jessa Duggar appears to be continuing her campaign to sway public opinion about her famous family. Earlier in the week, Jessa took to her Instagram Stories to share a family gathering that featured Jill Duggar, the family rebel. While the footage was supposed to show a fun girls’ day, family critics find the timing of Jessa’s upload suspicious. In fact, many believe the content is incredibly calculated and part of Jessa’s unofficial job as the Duggar family’s brand manager.

Jessa Duggar has carefully shared photos of time spent with Jill Duggar

Family critics have noticed that Jessa has worked to diligently include her older sister, Jill, on her Instagram feed. While she doesn’t pop up at family events often, when Jill is around, you can bet Jessa is going to document it. She captured Jill’s attendance at a family event in February 2020. She also shared footage at a sibling gathering at Jill’s house earlier this week.

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Sister time.

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While Jessa could just be sharing photos of herself spending time with her siblings, family watchers notice that the evidence of Jill’s inclusion in family events comes at very coincidental times. The February 2020 documentation of Jill attending a family event occurred shortly after several publications noted that Jill had not been seen at a family event since 2017. This week’s Instagram Story footage coincided with the release of an interview Derick Dillard granted to The U.S.Sun. In the interview, Derick suggested that Jill was being kept from her siblings for fear that she would negatively influence them.

Are Jill and Jessa actually close?

Jessa seems to be one of the only Duggars interested in featuring Jill in her Instagram stories and on her feed, so does that mean the two are actually close? It doesn’t seem that way. Jessa and Jinger have always been friendly, but Jill appeared to be more closely bonded to Joy-Anna Duggar, her significantly younger sister.

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Critics strongly believe that Jessa is featuring Jill on her feed at the instruction of Jim Bob. Family insiders have long suggested Jim Bob is obsessed with maintaining the family’s media brand to keep the income coming. If Derick does pen a tell-all book, like he has suggested he will, he could ruin Jim Bob’s empire. An insider who spoke with The Hollywood Gossip claimed the information contained within the book could be problematic for Jim Bob. The more cynical of family followers believe that Jim Bob may be attempting to preemptively improve his image, and they think he’s using Jessa to do it.  

Duggar family followers think Jessa has an agenda

Jessa’s seemingly new role within the Duggar family has stuck family followers as a little strange, but some critics strongly believe the mother of three has her own agenda. While it’s been theorized that Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are jockeying to take over the family’s Springdale, Arkansas home, followers also think Jessa has her eye on some new property.

Could Jessa be creating positive content for Jim Bob and Michelle in hopes of being gifted a bigger home? It doesn’t seem like it’s out of the question. It ha been suggested that Jim Bob gifts his children houses for their continued cooperation on the family’s reality TV show, although they are not directly paid by the network.

Jessa Duggar and her siblings visit 'Extra' in New York
Jessa Duggar and her siblings | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

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Austin Forsyth and his wife, Joy-Anna Duggar, for example, purchased a home from Jim Bob for just $10. The majority of Duggar kids who are married also live in houses provided by Jim Bob. In fact, the only family members who don’t live in Duggar-provided housing are Jill and Derick and Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo. Jinger and Jill are the two Duggar daughters who have moved away from their famous family and their strict belief system. Since Ben Seewald, Jessa’s husband, is currently without employment, a new home would likely need to come from Jim Bob and Michelle.