‘Teen Mom’ Fans Are Outraged After Jenelle Posted These Insensitive Photos Following the Parkland Shooting
Jenelle Evans of Teen Mom 2 fame is having trouble staying out of the headlines these days. While she’s known for her multiple failed relationships and fights with co-stars, now she’s turning heads for all the wrong reasons on social media.
Soon after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, Jenelle and her husband posted a few unfavorable photos online. The couple blames the backlash on bad timing, of course. But you can see for yourself what was posted and why (including Jenelle’s most ill-timed photo on page 6).
1. Jenelle Evans and her relationships continue to stir the pot
David Eason seemed like the most sensible of any man Jenelle’s been with — though recent findings suggest otherwise. Either way, we’ll never forget Kieffer Delp, who Jenelle was arrested with due to drug possession and breaking and entering charges. Kieffer was also busted for running a meth lab, TMZ reports.
He’s not the only one of Jenelle’s exes who’s had a run-in with the law. Nathan Griffith, her ex-fiancé and father to one of her sons, was arrested due to a traffic violation, E! News says. And now, Jenelle’s love life is breaking the internet yet again.
Next: Here’s one of the photos that caused serious controversy.
2. Jenelle’s husband uploaded this photo of her holding a gun
It was Valentine’s Day when Nikolas Cruz stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen students and faculty members were killed, and many others faced life-threatening injuries. While members of the community press for change, Jenelle’s husband, David, posted a few highly-insensitive photos.
David posted photos of Jenelle holding a gun on Instagram just hours after the Parkland shooting. Not only was it a firearm, but it also appears to be an AR-15 — the same weapon the shooter used.
Next: David didn’t help matters with the way he responded to the backlash.
3. He then posted a meme in response to the backlash
David’s Instagram photo didn’t go unnoticed. He received a lot of backlash, with one user asking, “Do you even watch the news? Listen to the radio? Such bad timing,” OK! Magazine reports.
Instead of promptly apologizing, David chose a whole different route altogether. He posted a meme just two days later in support of gun ownership. “Everyone needs to focus on keeping their family protected and safe instead of focusing on how to deplete our country of its self protection rights!” he added to the post.
Next: David found himself in hot water due to these comments.
4. David caused a major scene on Twitter with his gun control comments
This isn’t the first time Jenelle’s boyfriend found himself at the center of controversy. In Touch Weekly reports on Feb. 18, David and a Twitter user duked it out on the social media platform in a debate regarding gun control.
David linked to an article about concealed carry gun laws for schools in South Carolina while also saying we need to protect our kids “the only way we know how.” In response, the user said protecting kids “starts with intentional parenting.” David responded angrily then, asking, “And just what makes you think you have a right to tell me how to be a parent?” Things only got uglier from there.
Next: David went way too far on social media, resulting in his firing.
5. He deleted his account and was fired by MTV
The feud regarding gun control between David and the Twitter user was taken to a whole new level of inappropriate. In Touch Weekly says David went on to post, “LMAO, why don’t you go tell the homo and transgender parents to start teaching their kids better morals,” following the pro-gun posts. MTV promptly fired him after this outburst.
It appears David’s comments may have put Jenelle’s MTV career in jeopardy, too. OK! Magazine reports the network is questioning whether they should add her on to the next season.
Next: This was the worst thing Jenelle could possibly have posted.
6. Jenelle uploaded a photo of her son with a toy gun
As if her husband didn’t receive enough backlash, Jenelle took the situation one step further by posting photos of her son holding a toy gun on social media. In Touch Weekly reports the Teen Mom star took to Instagram just a week after the Parkland shooting to upload the photo. It shows her 3-year-old son, Kaiser, holding the toy and hiding in the grass like he’s ready to shoot.
David Eason also posted photos of the young Kaiser, with many saying the images and the timing are both inappropriate.
Next: Here’s how Twitter responded to Jenelle’s posting.
7. Twitter viciously attacked the Teen Mom 2 star
Jenelle made a minor attempt at an apology on Twitter, where she wrote “Bad timing.” That wasn’t enough for many other social media users, however. As one Twitter user commented, “David is a serial abuser. You’re a known drug addict with documented mental health issues. You should not be touching any firearms.”
Kaiser’s father and Jenelle’s ex, Nathan Griffith, allegedly didn’t approve of the photos either. As one source tells Radar Online, “He does not support that. … Nathan doesn’t even allow Kaiser to watch cartoons with guns.”
Next: More of Jenelle’s most dramatic moments
8. Jenelle almost canceled her fairytale wedding
In September 2017, Evans and Eason tied the knot in their North Carolina home in front of friends and family. While lots of happy pictures were posted of the day, and Evans donned a $2,999 dress, a later episode revealed that Evans almost canceled the wedding just 24 hours prior.
She was frustrated with her friends for not helping out with wedding day preparation, frustrated with her fiancé for not listening to her, and frustrated with the show’s producers for being too “in [her] face.”
Next: Things got ugly with Mom.
9. Her custody battle with her mom
As every viewer knows, Evans and her mother don’t get along. Their relationship got especially heated during the custody battle involving Evans’ son, Jace. As of May 2017, the family reached a custody agreement.
“I’m really happy we could get to a decision for Jace but it doesn’t change my feelings towards my mom. She still isn’t giving up my son to me but I will fight again in the future when the time is right. I’m happy but devastated at the same time that I didn’t take it to trial. But in the world of Jenelle, you learn to pick and choose your battles,” she said about the agreement.
Next: Her heroin addiction
10. When she candidly spoke about her former drug use
Evans recently released a memoir titled, Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom. In her book, readers were surprised to find how candidly she spoke about her former heroin addiction. She wrote about how incredible the drug was initially, but how it eventually drove away her friends and family.
“The first thing I lost to the drug was my family. I disowned my mother and siblings and friends, but the truth is no one wants to talk to you when they suspect you’re a junkie,” she wrote.
Next: Evans and her hubby almost walked from the show
11. She’s threatened to quit the show
One particular episode really upset Evans and her husband and she took to Instagram to write:
Yes, me and David have our ups and downs but yesterday’s episode was uncalled for. Because David didn’t feel like explaining another argument or drama on camera they make it look as if David is hiding some weird ass shit from the public as if he was hurting me in some way?! I have decided after this season I’m probably calling it quits for filming this show. I told Morgan it’s getting to out of hand and it’s not healthy for us anymore, just harming us mentally. They treat all of us as if we are in a freak show and in cages. We aren’t human beings to @mtv what-so-ever.
Next: When things didn’t work out with one of her ad partnerships
12. Blue Apron and Jenelle cut ties
One thing Evans has taken advantage of since becoming a Teen Mom star is ad partnerships. One of those partnerships was with Blue Apron, but the two have since split ways after a bit of drama.
“I decided not to work with Blue Apron because of bad tensions with a previous co-worker they decided to work with as well,” said Evans. “After breaking the news to Blue Apron, they got on their social media account responding to fake accounts about me telling them they were firing me. My husband got upset by this and [led] to him tweeting them.”
Next: Things got heated on Twitter.
13. Fighting with her co-stars online
Evans isn’t a stranger to Twitter feuds, but often those feuds are with her co-stars. Jenelle reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to Kailyn Lowry and Chelsea Houska last year, and it led to some harsh Twitter words.
“If you have 10+ mugshots do not try to blame me for you not being [able] to secure a job. That wasn’t even worth responding to. Over it,” tweeted Lowry to Evans.
Additional reporting by Kelsey Goeres.
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