Fox News really knew how to drag this one out. Earlier this week, they played an hour long interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar regarding their son Josh Duggar‘s history of molesting underage girls. Last night, it was Jessa & Jill’s turn to speak out on their big brother’s behalf, especially considering they were two of his victims. Megyn Kelly didn’t really ask any hard-hitting questions, but that’s fine – the girls were more than willing to defend Josh’s honour and insist that he’s a changed man and that it’s this whole media rigamarole that’s been more of a “re-victimization” than when Josh molested them. Yikes.
Here’s what we learned from the interview.
Jill and Jessa were 12 and “9 or 10″ respectively when Josh molested them. They say they were both unaware of the abuse until their parents spoke with them (separately) to inform them of what happened.
Josh was “sent away” from the house following the reveal of his abuse, which made the girls “sad” because “he’s our brother – we were kids”. However, when he came back, they found he was a changed man and agreed to grant him “forgiveness with boundaries”.
While Josh did remain in the house, there were apparently “safeguards” put in place to keep the girls safe, including locks on their doors and not allowing Josh to babysit his younger siblings.
In general, both Jill and Jessa seemed brainwashed into believing that we’re all taking sexual abuse too seriously. Jill called their abuse “very mild compared to what some go through” (?????), while Jessa explained it so much more eloquently (LOL): “I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or pedophile or rapist, as some people are saying. That’s so overboard and a lie, really. People will get mad at me for saying, but I can say this. I was one of the victims, you know? So I can speak out and set the record straight here… In Josh’s case, he as a boy — a young boy in puberty — and he was a little too curious about girls. And that got him in trouble. He made some bad choices, but the extent of it was mild inappropriate touching on clothed victims, most of which while girls were sleeping.” Sigh!
Confronted with the irony that Josh is an outspoken critic of LGBT lifestyles, Jessa said this gem: “That’s right. It’s right to say, ‘Here’s what I believe, here’s my values,’ even if you’ve made stupid mistakes or had failures. Even if you’ve had failures in your past, it doesn’t mean you can’t be changed. The real issue is that people are making this sound like it was yesterday, but it happened 12 years ago when he was a child himself. So I think seeing the change in his life — we witnessed it, we know.” Yikes.
You can watch the complete interview below, but I warn you, your brain will probably melt inside your skull.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar sat down with Megyn Kelly for Fox News yesterday to talk about their son Josh Duggar‘s history as a molester of underage girls, four of which happen to be his sisters (the other was a babysitter). While Josh’s parents say they were “devastated” by the realization that their son was a sex offender who “made bad choices”, they seemed to be more devastated by the idea that their TLC series was getting canceled so doing an interview about their son’s criminal behavior seemed the right thing to do.
In case you missed it, here are a few things that were said during the interview.
- Jim Bob & Michelle pulled Josh out of the house after discovering his behaviour and then said that they put “safeguards in place” to protect their daughters, though they refused to say what those safeguards were.
- The parents claim that more than one of Josh’s sisters was only “single digits” in age when Josh molested them, and they “didn’t understand” what had happened to them. Jim Bob & Michelle also claimed that the news of Josh’s molestation was more traumatizing to his victims than the actual molestation itself. Yes, seriously.
- Jim Bob & Michelle sent Josh off to a “Christian-based man” in Arkansas who “works with young men” to help cure him of his predatory ways.
- This gem: “Josh came to us. He was crying. He had just turned 14 and he said he had improperly touched some of our daughters. He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping. They didn’t even know he had done it.
- Jim Bob & Michelle also claim they “did the best [they] could”.
Well, that’s special. This family is a fucking mess and needs to disappear forever, and that’s the least of it. I feel so bad for their 19 kids – every last one of them, because they’re all victims in various ways, especially Josh. His parents have failed him and all the other kids in so many ways. It’s a wonder the rest of them are even functioning in society.
When you’re part of a fucked up cult made up of your spouse and your 19 children, and one of those children molests 5 underage girls and you try to cover it up but then it comes out and your TLC show gets canceled because that’s the very least you deserve, what’s left to do? Well, you can go on Fox News and chat with Megyn Kelly for some more money/publicity to strike while the iron’s still hot, because it surely won’t be for much longer. That’s exactly what Jim Bob Duggar and his wife Michelle will be doing!
“Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time,” the posted in a joint statement.
In a statement released by Fox, the network said Kelly will speak with the Duggar parents about molestation allegations brought against their oldest son, Josh Duggar, that occurred 12 years ago. According to a 2006 police report published by In Touch, Josh Duggar, now a married 27-year-old with three children, sexually molested five girls as far back as 2002, when Duggar was 14 years old. Duggar’s own sisters were among the alleged victims.
The interview will take place at the Duggar family home in Arkansas and additional portions will air during a one-hour Kelly File special on Friday, June 5th at 9 p.m. ET.
The exclusive sit-down interview will air Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News’ The Kelly File.
Sounds riveting. What could these weirdos possibly have to say about this entire thing? What excuse could they offer? What more is there to talk about? Nothing will make up for Josh’s horrendous actions, or the backward ass thinking of this entire family. No thanks.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are so famous that when they went out with Kirk Cameron a fan of theirs didn’t know who he was and asked him to take their picture with the Duggars!
In this sneak peek of the upcoming episode of 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggars were in Washington DC with the Growing Pains star and his son, Jack, and even though they’re all republicans they actually went to one of President Barack Obama’s favorite restaurants, Ben’s Chili Bowl.
“I heard that Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of President Obama’s favorite places to go, it’s one of our favorite places to go, we have that in common,” Jim Bob said about their connection with the President.
Kirk said it had been four years since he’d seen the deeply religious family. “The last time I saw the Duggars was at the San Antonio International Christian Film Festival.”
Kirk has weighed in frequently on conservative political issues, recently supporting Rep. Todd Akin after his controversial “legitimate rape” statement but he apparently isn’t as famous anymore as the Duggars are.
“We walked in and people recognized us and one lady asked if she could get a picture with Jim Bob and I and she handed the camera to Kirk Cameron,” Michelle recalled about their visit.
Kirk happily snapped the picture but it wasn’t until Jim Bob told the woman that he starred in the sitcom Growing Pains that she finally recognized him.
Fun fact: Kirk starred in Growing Pains from 1985 to 1992. Only 4 Duggar Kids were alive during its TV run.
Oh man, I bet Victoria Jackson is just so bummed that she didn’t get an invitation to this dinner! She could have sat with Jim Bob, Michelle, and Kirk and told them all about how DNA works, and it would have just been the best time. Kirk could have braided her hair while Michelle told them her innovative ideas about the world’s overpopulation problem, and then they could all talk about how adamantly opposed they are to an entire group of people having a basic right that doesn’t affect them whatsoever.
Aren’t dinner dates with friends just the bee’s knees?
Michelle Duggar is 46 years old. Jim Bob Duggar is 47 years old. They have 19 children. Their youngest child was born three months premature and weighed one pound, six ounces. Michelle did have another pregnancy, but she miscarried.
Are we all caught up? Yes? Then let’s hear all about how these two want more kids:
Michelle Duggar is not pregnant again — yet — but her husband Jim Bob Duggar just said on national television that the parents of 19 have fun trying to make more babies!
The Duggars premiere the sixth season of 19 Kids and Counting August 28 and on TODAY Friday morning they said that they’re always trying to have more kids.
“We definitely are,” Michelle told Savannah Guthrie about their efforts to have more children.
“We would love more if the Lord saw fit to give us more, so we will wait and see,” the matriarch of the family said as she smiled.
Her husband Jim Bob, in front of his 19 children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren then made the comment about having sex with Michelle.
“It is fun trying though!” Jim Bob joked and Savannah called him a “sly dog,” for the sexual innuendo.
Michelle, who is 46, said that she loves being pregnant and is hoping little Josie Brooklyn Duggar isn’t her last child.
“It will be a sad day for me whenever we’re not able to have any more children,” but she said that she loves being a grandmother to Josh and Anna Duggar’s two kids.
Oh. Sure. Sounds great. Awesome plan. Sounds super solid. Not.
I realize that a lot of you guys think that she and her husband do these things more for fame and money than they do for any other possible reason, but does that not kind of defeat the entire purpose of the religion that she clings so firmly to? Or, I don’t know, do I have it backwards?
“We have had many tears today. This is life, and I understand that we are going though something that many others have. You think about the what-ifs, but God gives us strength to go on. We won’t be able to see this child’s life and the phases that we’ve seen for our other children, but we know we will see this child in heaven one day. We are thankful for each child, and we are blessed to have the children we have here and the ones we will meet someday in heaven.”
Oh man. I don’t give a crap how you feel about this family, their spirituality, or how many kids they have – you can’t imagine what it’d be like to deliver a stillborn child at twenty weeks’ gestation, and neither can I. Their pain, though obviously prompting them to continue moving forward, must be immeasurable. I really feel for these two people, and anyone who could say “oh hell, they had it coming,” like I saw on other message boards, must never have experienced the joy of childbirth or the pain of miscarriage or stillbirth. So sad.