A few weeks ago on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver exposed televangelists—evangelical preachers whose sole purpose is to get on TV and ask for funds for their ministries—who prey on the sick, poor, and desperate in order to line their own pockets, funding lavish lifestyles that include mansions, airplanes, cars, vacations, and more.
Duggars be damned: It turns out presidential Easter ham Mike Huckabee has another alleged child molester in his coterie. A prolific co-author of Huck’s and other Christian moralists’ books left his church and escaped prosecution when the statute of limitations ran out on his alleged sexual assaults of a young girl.
The Duggar family has emphasized repeatedly that eldest son Josh received some form of “counseling” after he confessed to molesting five underage girls in the family home as a teenager. What was not discussed, until the second installment of Fox News’ Duggar family interviews aired Friday night, was who paid for it. According to his sister Jill, the answer is: Josh Duggar.
When asked by interviewer Megyn Kelly about their initial reactions upon learning details of their case had been released to the public, the Duggar sisters responded emotionally. Jill, 12 at the time of the molestation, faltered and began to cry as she attempted to speak. Younger sister Jessa said that the victims were “pretty furious.”
During their interview Friday night with Megyn Kelly, Duggar sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald stuck strictly to the family line and downplayed the actions of their brother and molester, Josh Duggar. “We were like, ‘Oh, my goodness, most of the stuff out there is lies,” Dillard said. “It’s not true, so we wanted to come out and set the record straight.”
Hulu has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting “for the time being,” according to CEO Mike Hopkins. He says the company is just following TLC’s lead in the wake of Josh Duggar’s recent admission that when he was a teenager, he molested some of his sisters. TLC pulled 19 Kids from its lineup last week.
Christ-mandated baby-millers and stars of 19 Kids and Counting the Duggar Family coped with the loss of their twentieth, unborn child in a perfectly reasonable way: posing for a series of photos with its fetal corpse and handing them out to mourners at a memorial service. (They also posted the photos to their Twitter feed and blog.)
Where some see New York City's Times Square as a monument to overpopulation, the Duggar family of TLC sees only parents who aren't trying hard enough. On last night's premiere of 17 and Counting, the Duggar parents and their brood of 17 children (not counting number 18, currently nestled in the ransacked waiting room of his mother's belly) visited Manhattan, and like the Muppets before them, they caused a sensation! As the Duggars shielded their children's eyes from the more lascivious images flitting across Times Square's plasma screens, the NYC residents around them felt their freakshow radar go off and swarmed the family for pictures. For the Duggars, it was a staggering display of their newfound celebrity — so who could blame them for accidentally losing two children to the crowds, replacing them with a midget manning the falafel stand and a friendly cabbie named "Mohammed"? [TLC]