Despite facing protests and even death threats from members of the LGBT community, “19 Kids and Counting” patriarch Jim Bob Duggar stands his ground and announces that his family’s reality TV show will live on.
Last Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, The Pathway published an article regarding the Duggar family and the issues that have been surrounding them. It says of how the family stayed strong in their faith as they showed upon attending the annual Booster Banquet at the Hannibal-LaGrange University on Nov. 21, 2014.
During the banquet, Jim Bob and his wife Michelle shared their family’s story and how it grew — thanks to their never-ending faith in God. With regards to the Change.org petition created by Jim Wissick to cancel their show, Jim Bob said that they won’t succeed.
“Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It’s a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We’ve gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our borders through the national media,” responded Jim on The Pathway.
The aforementioned Change.org petition was created on November in response to the Duggars opposing an anti-discrimination law for LGBTs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Aside from this, the couple reportedly removed photos of same-sex couples in a Facebook post they started that encouraged married couples to post pictures of themselves.
According to HollywoodLife.com, among the LGBT photos removed was a photo of John Becker of the LGBTQ blog The Bilerico Project and his husband.
“It’s their page, of course, so they have every right to do that. But as I noted, the whole episode says something about them and their gay panic-saturated worldview,” said Becker.
In response to Wissick’s petition, the Duggars’ supporters made their own petition to keep the show on air. According to MailOnline, as of Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Wissick’s petition to pull out the show garnered 183,000 signatures. On the other hand, the opposing petition had only 12,822.
Meanwhile, Huffington Post reports that as of the moment, the TLC spokesperson has not made any comments regarding the petition to cancel the show.
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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Jim Bob Duggar