We’ve been keeping up with the Duggars way back in the early 2000s when Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar had just 17 children. Thanks to TLC, we’ve been able to watch the couple grow their family over the years on 19 Kids and Counting. And though we all assumed we wouldn’t hear much from the Duggars after the show’s cancellation, they’re back with Counting On — and this time, the young kids we remember are growing up and having families of their own.
Jill Duggar is the fourth eldest of the siblings, and today, she’s married with two kids. While fans haven’t seen too much of Jill in recent episodes of Counting On (it was later revealed that her husband, Derick, was fired from the show), she and Derick are still making their presence known on social media. Unfortunately, Derick still can’t manage to get fans on his side. Here’s why.
Jill and Derick met thanks to Jim Bob, Jill’s father
In Touch Weekly reminds us Jill and Derick actually both grew up in Arkansas a mere 45 minutes away from each other — but they didn’t meet because of their close proximity. It was actually Jim Bob who introduced the two of them. Derick met Jim Bob and asked if he would be a prayer partner for him during his mission trip to Nepal — and as Jim Bob got to know Derick, he made his attempts at playing matchmaker with Derick and Jill.
After learning of Jill, Skyping her, texting her, and discussing all of their values and life goals, Derick knew he wanted to make their relationship more formal. And he finally asked for Jill’s hand in marriage once they spent several months together in person and pursued a courtship relationship. They then married in June 2014 and shared their first kiss at the alter — and today, they have two children of their own.
Derick called the stars of Nate & Jeremiah by Design a ‘travesty of a family’
It seemed like a happy beginning for the newlyweds, but Derick has continually used Twitter as a platform to share his polarizing views, and fans aren’t happy. In Touch Weekly reminds us of how the Counting On star slammed Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent from Nate & Jeremiah by Design.
The home improvement show features the same-sex couple as they work on designs together and raise their daughter, Poppy. Unfortunately, Derick doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage or the way Nate and Jeremiah are living their lives — and he took to the social media platform to make his opinions known. “What a travesty of a family,” he wrote. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.” Though he tried to defend himself, his followers slammed him immediately for his homophobia.
He’s also spoken out against transgender rights
Derick also caused serious controversy when he spoke out against Jazz Jennings, a young transgender woman who is known for her activism and YouTube personality. Back in August 2017, Derick attacked TLC on Twitter when they tweeted a promo for Jazz’s reality series, I Am Jazz. “What an oxymoron … a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth,” Us Weekly reports he tweeted.
And the hate didn’t stop there. In June 2018, he attacked Jazz again when he heard of her gender confirmation surgery. He tweeted, “A system that allows this kind of child abuse is clearly broken.” Fans quickly came to her defense, as one user tweeted back, “Why are you so obsessed with Jazz? She’s a minor and is not a part of your life in any way. Your fixation on her is unsettling at best. MOVE ON.”
He’s seen some hate for his bizarre photo of a turkey leg
Those who follow the Duggars don’t just hate on Derick for his LGBTQ-phobic tweets — but they also couldn’t stand this photo he added to his Instagram of him holding a turkey leg. The photo shows Derick tightly gripping on to the leg, and fans couldn’t help but call him out for the weird photo.
In Touch Weekly reports one fan said, “Why can’t he just say he likes turkey? He needs to make everything weird.” And another commented on the dirty stovetop behind him with, “I wouldn’t eat anything cooked on that NASTY stove!!” Finally, another commenter attacked Derick’s character directly by stating, “he may be a good ‘Christian’ but he’s a terrible human being.”
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