‘Counting On’: Why Some Fans Have a Problem With Derick Dillard’s Political Instagram Message

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard

Derick Dillard has made his method as a rogue Duggar in-law along with his revelations and claims about Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar, TLC producers, and filming for each 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. Derick has additionally spoken out in opposition to a number of the Duggars’ extra excessive beliefs, even suggesting that he and Jill Duggar Dillard use contraception.

Jill’s husband, a school graduate and present regulation pupil,
has been a controversial determine for years.

Derick and Jill initially appeared on the 19 Kids and Counting spinoff Counting On after Josh Duggar’s historical past of sexual abuse in opposition to his sisters got here to gentle. But the couple was seemingly fired from the present, allegedly partly because of Derick’s feedback about I Am Jazz star Jazz Jennings, which many thought of transphobic.

Now, the Dillards don’t appear to affiliate with the Duggars, and
there are various rumors of a serious rift between the households.

Most not too long ago, Derick stirred up much more controversy when he took to Instagram with a message of equality in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20. Counting On followers flocked to the post, with some supporting the dad of two and others criticizing him for what they noticed as hypocrisy.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Jill’s husband posted a Martin Luther King Day message of equality

On Jan. 20, Derick posted an image of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a quote of his: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The former Counting On star captioned the image, “Thankful for the work of Dr. King and the sacrifices he made for equality. Let’s continue to work toward his vision.” He added the hashtags #equality, #civilrights, and #mlkday.

Some Duggar followers have been
stunned by Derick’s sentiment, as he doesn’t typically speak about racial equality
or civil rights. “I wished this was shared a lot more as it has more truth!”
one supporter wrote beneath the post.

Others took the chance to reward Jill’s husband for defending her and sticking up for her along with her estranged household. “Well done Derick for standing up for your own sweet family and the injustices Jill’s parents have inflicted on you,” one Counting On viewer wrote. This is perhaps in reference to Derick’s declare that the Duggars, particularly Jim-Bob, pressured Jill to movie for the present (unpaid) after her childhood abuse from her brother got here to gentle within the media.

Another Instagram consumer agreed, writing in a remark: “Thank you for being a voice for your sweet wife, and for admitting she was a victim. She did nothing to cause being abused and I’m glad you acknowledge that and stand up for her against people who should have protected her and her sisters.”

Some followers thought Derick was being ‘hypocritical’

However, not everybody was thrilled with Derick’s feedback. Many identified what they thought was Derick’s hypocrisy, given the distinction between his feedback about racial equality and his earlier feedback about homosexual and trans populations. “Anti-LGBTQ and taking away a woman’s right to make decisions for her own body is the antithesis of justice and equality,” one critic wrote beneath the Duggar in-law’s post.

Another commenter agreed,
commenting: “Equality equals equal rights for ALL. That includes gay people.”

Yet one other viewer
identified Derick’s conventional, faith-based beliefs about gender roles, suggesting
that the conservative Christian was being “hypocritical” in his remarks.

“But only for men right? Women can’t be equal,” the critic wrote. “That would mean we would have full control of our bodies (shocking as that may sound). And should we choose not to have a baby. But that doesn’t fit your narrative or equality does it? So the real question is are you a misogynistic hypocrite, or a hypocritical misogynist?”

The former ‘Counting On’ star was allegedly fired from the present for feedback about Jazz Jennings

What the Counting On viewers have been referring to, after all, was Derick’s opinion about Jazz Jennings, teen star of TLC’s I Am Jazz. Jennings is a pansexual trans lady and a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights.

Before Derick and Jill have been allegedly fired from Counting On, Derick repeatedly criticized the present for its portrayal of Jazz. “What an oxymoron,” he wrote in a single tweet. “A ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”

Jennings pushed again in opposition to Derick’s feedback at TLC’s Give A Little Awards occasion in New York City in 2018. According to CafeMom, Jennings mentioned she simply ignored Derick’s criticism. “Honestly, I don’t give Derrick any of my attention,” she mentioned in an interview. “I don’t even read the tweets that he sends out anymore because I just don’t care. You know? He can say whatever. I think he’s doing it for attention.”

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