Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Corporations Pull Ads from '19 Kids'

Following the release of the 2006 police report containing accusations against Josh Duggar last Thursday, TLC removed 19 Kids and Counting from its lineup for the foreseeable future, and at least four major corporations decided to stop supporting the show.

General Mills, Walgreens, Choice Hotels, and Payless ShoeSource caved to customer complaints and the media but announcing that they will not longer be advertising during 19 Kids and Counting. We have provided contact information for each organization below. (Links are in blue.)

General Mills
Fill out the contact form on the Consumer Services page

Walgreens
Email Walgreens Corporate using the contact form on the company's website

Choice Hotels
Call Customer Relations at 800-300-8800, or email grdesk@choicehotels.com

Payless Shoe Source
Email Customer Service at CustomerService@csr.payless.com

TLC Cuts Back '19 Kids' Web Presence

Last Friday, TLC revealed its decision to pull 19 Kids and Counting from its lineup for the foreseeable future. Since that announcement, the Duggars' web presence on the TLC website has been significantly decreased.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children have developed a close relationship with TLC/Discovery and the 19 Kids and Counting crew since filming for the family's first special, "14 Children and Pregnant Again," began more than 11 years ago. The crew has faithfully stood by the Duggars' side through the ups and downs, and Jim Bob and Michelle have said many times that they are like family. 

The network has not officially canceled the show, so there is still time to make your voices heard. We urge you to continue posting comments to our blog and to contact the TLC/Discovery Viewer Relations Department. (Click here to visit the Viewer Relations contact page.)

You can also go to the 19 Kids and Counting page, click the red "Feedback" button in the bottom right corner, select "Show or Network Feedback," and then enter your comments. As fans and viewers of the show, your opinions matter.

 Justin Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar with "Uncle Jim," 
a long-time member of the 19 Kids and Counting crew


Photo courtesy of duggarfamily.com


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ark. State Senator Backs the Duggars

According to KFSM Channel 5 News in Northwest Arkansas, State Senator Bart Hester is calling for the dismissal of Springdale Police Chief Kathy O'Kelley.

O'Kelley, along with Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate, released the 2006 police report containing the accusations against Josh Duggar to In Touch Weekly. It was posted to the magazine's website last Thursday. By the end of the day, Washington County Juvenile Judge Stacey Zimmerman had issued a court order that the document be destroyed and expunged from the public record, reported KFSM.

"The law to protect minors’ identities is not a suggestion," Hester told KFSM. "So sad to see the person charged with protecting the community being so reckless and irresponsible. I believe it is unavoidable that the Springdale police chief should be terminated. She has re-victimized these young ladies."

Hester is concerned that O'Kelley will release police reports containing the details of other similar cases with juvenile victims. This incident occurred just two weeks after O'Kelley announced that she would be retiring at the end of June. 

Celebrating Grandma Duggar

Wishing Grandma Duggar a blessed birthday!



Photos courtesy of duggarfamily.com

Monday, May 25, 2015

Matt Walsh Supports the Duggars

Professional blogger Matt Walsh revealed d his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the Duggars on The Blaze. Although he watches the show with his wife, Walsh is not a fan of 19 Kids and Counting, but he does admire the family.

"They are living by their convictions, in defiance of cultural trends, and clearly bestowing a strong faith in all of their children," writes Walsh. "That faith hasn’t...made any of them perfect saints, but it seems genuine."

Josh has been called a hypocrite by many media networks and individuals, but Walsh explains why he does not agree with that accusation.

"A Christian failing to live up to his faith does not make him a hypocrite," says Walsh. "It makes him cowardly, perhaps. It makes him selfish. It makes him flawed. It makes him sinful. It makes him any number of things, but not necessarily a hypocrite. A hypocrite is an insincere person who misrepresents his own beliefs."

"I’m not diminishing Josh Duggar’s infractions," continues Walsh. "As I said, he did something very bad. But Christians commit major sins sometimes, which is the whole reason why Jesus died on the cross."

Walsh also puts himself in Jim Bob and Michelle's shoes and admits that if his son made the same mistakes as Josh, he might not "immediately run to the cops."

"Would you?" Walsh asks his readers. "Is it really that simple? The decision to have your child arrested as a sex offender would be an automatic thing for you? Really?"

"..It appears that Josh’s parents attempted to address the situation within their family before going to the church, and then eventually to a law enforcement officer," says Walsh. "As a parent, you have to think whether your 14 year old son deserves to have his life ruined over his mistakes. Maybe you’d decide that he does. I can’t say I’d agree."