Earlier this month, Josh Duggar broke his social media silence to wish his 4-year-old son, Michael James, a very big happy birthday. He’s back again, this time to send a message to his wife, Anna, but few people are happy to see his posts.
Josh has been surrounded by controversy since it was revealed that he molested five underage girls when he was a teenager, two of whom have since been revealed to be his sisters, Jill and Jessa. However, it looks as though Josh is trying to get back to some sense of normalcy as he takes to social media to mark momentous occasions in his family’s life.
Posting a picture of Anna and himself on Tuesday night, Josh wished her a happy birthday and revealed that the date also marks their seven-year engagement anniversary. But his critics want him out of the public eye, so it’s not surprising that his post has been met with backlash.
Some of the comments include, “This man is a monster and a danger to children. And who care if they were sleeping or not! The act of josh being sexually turned on by his young sisters 5 year old, 10 year old, is twisted and shows an obvious mental illness,” [sic] and “How is this guy still around after molesting his siblings!”
However, Josh does seem to still have supporters, people who one critic referred to as “creepy” for the fact that they are still supporting him. And there have been some heated exchanges on the post between those defending Josh and those on the other end of the spectrum.
One comment from a fan reads, “God’s grace is so powerful and covers all sins and can redeem anyone. Happy Anniversary y’all! Hope it’s a great one! Also happy Birthday Anna!” Another fan shares similar sentiments, writing, “Ppl need to get over this he was a kid. Obviously it wasn’t right, but he was ALSO a minor.”
Critics disagree — one eloquently wrote, “Telling the truth is not ‘bashing’. Getting a bit of grief on social media is the least of what Josh deserves. If he can’t handle it, he can always make his account private.”