Fans Were Seriously Confused When Jill Duggar’s Husband, Derick Dillard, Liked This Tweet Supporting LGBTQ Rights
If there’s any Duggar in-law who’s become famous over time, it’s Derick Dillard. We remember when he first began courting Jill Duggar thanks to Jim Bob Duggar bringing them together, and the two instantly connected over their religious beliefs. It wasn’t long before their courtship turned into marriage, either — and the two were even featured on TLC’s spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting, Counting On. Unfortunately, their stint on the show didn’t last long, as Derick’s unsavory comments on Twitter got him removed from the show.
It’s Derick’s infamous stance on Twitter that also revealed his real feelings toward the LGBTQ community as well. And this made it extra head-scratching when he seemed to like another tweet that supported this community’s rights. Here’s what happened.
Derick Dillard is known for his inflammatory and hateful comments on Twitter
If there’s anything Derick Dillard is famous for (aside from his association with the Duggar family, of course), it’s his tweets that got him into serious trouble. People reminds us he tweeted against a transgender TLC co-star, Jazz Jennings, back in 2017. “What an oxymoron … a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” Derick tweeted after a promotional ad featured Jazz for her new show, I Am Jazz. He continued on by saying, “Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
Jazz wasn’t the only one who felt the wrath of Derick via Twitter either. Same-sex couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent from Nate & Jeremiah by Design were also targeted. People notes Derick called them a “travesty of a family.” He also added, “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.” After these statements, TLC gave both Derick and Jill the boot from the network and issued their own statement regarding the incident.
Derick Dillard liked a tweet that supported LGBTQ rights
With the tweets against Jazz Jennings as well as Nate and Jeremiah, Derick’s made his stance clear on how he feels about the LGBTQ community. Even so, he appeared to like a tweet that actually showed support for the group of people he seemed to be against. The Hollywood Gossip explains Richard Grenell, a United States ambassador and United Nations spokesperson, tweeted, “No one should be fired for being gay. And no one should be fired for being a Christian. We should be able to work through these issues.” And according to the publication, Derick liked the tweet.
It’s safe to assume Derick primarily liked the tweet because of the pro-Christianity angle. But even so, the fact that he liked it all with its pro-LGBTQ community message also shocked fans. Perhaps he was attempting to make up for his past wrongdoings on Twitter, too.
Has he changed his tune and become more accepting? Probably not
So, has Derick had a change of heart since his firing from TLC? It’s possible, but we’re thinking not, as he never issued a formal apology to those he offended. Not only that, but he still maintains he and Jill were never actually fired from Counting On. In Touch Weekly notes Derick took to Twitter to announce, “They won’t tell you that I was ever fired because I wasn’t. We wanted to leave and they didn’t want us to. That’s the truth.” This, of course, is completely contrary to TLC’s statement.
While Derick certainly doesn’t have many fans at this point, there’s no doubt his followers are still curious as to what he and Jill are up to next — and many want to see the controversial family back on Counting On, too. Unfortunately for fans, it seems the Dillards are not slated for a reality TV comeback any time soon.
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