Proud Of Their Brand: Duggar Family Cozies Up To Other Anti-Gay Stars


There seems to be no doubt the Duggar family is proud of its anti-gay brand. The family’s reality show isn’t about politics, but they are vocal about their politics in public, on social media, and in their actions. Most recently, the family posed for photos with the Benham brothers, whose anti-gay comments lost them their own show.

What is it with reality stars and extreme right-wing views? We’ve heard from guys who make duck calls, guys who –repair houses, and a couple with a lot of kids — all television stars who use their fame — though not their shows directly — to promote discriminatory views. Is this the new Republican recruitment method?

Whatever the reason, the Duggar family members are also social media darlings, and that’s largely where they promote their ideology. In their social media feeds, you’ll find judgmental rants (like when Jessa Seewald née Duggar went off on why it is her Christian duty to judge others), anti-abortion memes, and, occasionally, proud photos that display the family’s anti-gay stance.

First, let’s establish this: social media photos are not the real problem. The real problem is when people like the Duggars actively influence politics and cause a denial of rights to others — like Michelle Duggar did when she put her voice on a political message that called for a prevention of transgender bathroom rights. Queerty has the full transcript of the call, but the alarming part is this claim:

The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men–yes, I said men–to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.

While their political actions are the most problematic part, promoting their frighteningly backward views on social media is harmful too — such as when Jessa Duggar shared a strange belief that the Holocaust was somehow caused by people recognizing evolution as fact — er, ‘believing in’ evolution.

Now, the family is emphasizing a link to David and Jason Benham, who lost their reality show after anti-gay statements, that, according to CNN, amounted to calling the effort for LGBTQ rights ‘demonic’ and an ‘attack on the nation.’

This closely follows Jessa’s careful efforts last month to be sure the public knows she supports Chik-Fil-A after anti-gay statements, donations, and political efforts by CEO Dan Cathy became a giant PR gaffe.

We get it, Duggar family. You’re anti-gay, and proud of it. All we ask is that you keep documenting it and making it as public as possible — because in a few years, when LGBTQ rights have progressed, your former fans will still be able to find it on the internet.

Steph Bazzle
Steph Bazzle is a homeschooling mom who likes to write about justice, equality, and religious issues.

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