An Ultra-Conservative Christian Content Creator Is Accused of Plagiarizing The Duggar Family’s Dating Questionnaire

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" speak at the Values Voter Summit

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are well-known for his or her ultra-conservative views and their actuality TV present, Counting On. While they might be among the many most well-known ultra-conservative Christian households, they aren’t the one ones who’re making an attempt to take the media world by storm. A sister-duo, who publishes movies beneath the moniker Girl Defined, has spent critical time cultivating a YouTube following and has typically caught the ire of followers important of their life-style and beliefs. Now, it seems just like the duo is responsible of plagiarism.

Who are the masterminds behind Girl Defined?

Bethany Beal and Kristen Clark are behind the Girl Defined
model. The two sisters, with greater than 150,000 subscribers on YouTube, take intention
at what they understand as cultural sins and focus on every little thing from pornography
to courting
in a chat format. Beal, who’s married and anticipating her first baby, additionally
repeatedly posts to Instagram, the place she has 24,000 followers.

Beal and Clark are thought of small-time YouTubers. They pander to a comparatively small demographic, however as Buzzfeed notes, they have been launched to semi-stardom — no less than by web requirements — when Cody Ko and Noel Miller parodied the sister’s movies in 2018. A sequence of memes that includes the sisters have made their method across the internet.  

The duo has since written a number of books, and so they’ve develop into comparatively well-known amongst individuals who observe the fundamentalist Christian neighborhood. In reality, Beal, particularly, is spoken about repeatedly on a Reddit neighborhood devoted to snarking on fundamentalist households. While they don’t have a ministry in widespread with the wildly discussed Duggars or Bates household, they share lots of the similar ultra-conservative values and think about the identical behaviors as sins. One factor they apparently don’t contemplate a sin, nevertheless, is plagiarism.

What’s the present Girl Defined Controversy all about?

Without a Crystal Ball took to YouTube on Feb. 7 to debate Beal and Clark’s courting questionnaire. The sister-duo defined what they appeared for in males earlier than discovering their husbands in a YouTube video earlier this week. They spent a lot of the video working via a prolonged checklist of questions that they really feel each lady ought to ask her potential suitors earlier than getting critical. The questions, all 134 of them, are exactly what you’d count on from an ultra-conservative Christian courting within the fashionable world. There are questions on childrearing, questions on work ethic and a ton of questions on religion.

It all appears fairly normal, no less than for members of that exact
spiritual sect, however Clark and Beal have added a copyright to the underside of the
checklist. There is one drawback, although; a big portion of the questions have been
lifted immediately from the Duggar household’s 423-question survey for potential suitors.
The prolonged checklist was posted by Free
again in 2014.

While the Duggar household hasn’t copyrighted the content material they
created, many followers imagine Beal and Clark are committing mental
theft, as a result of they’ve chosen to copyright the content material that they’ve primarily
stolen. The duo additionally claims to have give you the questions themselves,
which appears unlikely. The gadgets, for essentially the most half, are copied, word-for-word, from
Duggar family’s questionnaire
. The Duggars have by no means talked about once they developed
the questionnaire or if they’re the unique authors.

Will the Duggar household reply?

In phrases of household controversy, this example is relatively small
for the Duggar household. The household of 19 is fairly busy coping with a few
points. First, they’ve a
looming investigation
by the Department of Homeland Security hanging over
their house. While police haven’t been noticed on the property lately, findings
from the investigation may very well be launched at any time. The household can also be
coping with the fallout from Derick
Dillard’s social media rants
, which has became a public relations
nightmare, of kinds.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" speak at the Values Voter Summit
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar | Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

It’s unknown if the Duggar household is even conscious of Girl
Defined, and their alleged ministry. If they catch wind of their courting questionnaire
being lifted by an entity making an attempt to make cash off of it, they might simply take
authorized motion. Followers might want to hold their eyes turned in direction of Girl Defined
to determine what, if something, will occur. The Duggar household is unlikely to
handle the difficulty publicly.

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