Two of the Duggar siblings have returned to television, but their re-emergence in the world of reality TV has drawn heavy criticism from longtime haters, as well as from many former Duggar fans.
Life for Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald has been very different from what was portrayed on 19 Kids and Counting. Happily married, the girls now have homes and babies of their own. But that is by no means the only thing that has changed for them. They’ve also had to deal with the fallout of multiple public scandals involving their older brother.
Initially, Seewald and Dillard defended Josh Duggar when the molestation scandal broke. But when evidence of an affair surfaced, the sisters were quick to change their tune. Today, they are still trying to sort through their feelings about the scandal. This difficult process was captured for Jill & Jessa: Counting On, a special three-part series focusing on the numerous changes facing two of the Duggar family’s more prominent members.
From the moment TLC announced plans to film a new special focused on the Dillards and the Seewalds, Duggar haters and fans alike made it clear that this was not a show they wanted to watch. The specific complaints about the short series varied significantly, but in general, people thought it came across as TLC condoning Josh Duggar’s molestation and infidelity. Others, while concerned about the Josh Duggar drama, were even more worried about the focus on the Dillards, who have been accused of scamming their fans.
As expected, the outcry against Jill & Jessa: Counting On continued from its initial announcement through to tonight’s initial episode. The same complaints about the show were repeated, along with many annoyed comments regarding Seewald and Dillard’s attitude. People were still upset by what they perceived as Seewald and Dillard condoning molestation, yet taking issue with infidelity. The word “hypocrite” popped up on Twitter several times throughout the broadcast. One annoyed person even claimed that watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians would have been a better use of time than hearing what the Duggar sisters have to say. Highlighted below is just a small sampling of the many annoyed tweets that appeared during tonight’s episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
The aforementioned complaints from disgruntled viewers are understandable, and yet, many of them decided to tune in for the show. By watching Jill & Jessa: Counting On, they are supporting the very show that they have accused of condoning Josh Duggar’s terrible behavior.