Quite honestly, covering the Duggar family has taken a toll. It’s soul-crushing and tragic and just keep getting worse, and somehow made worse by the fact that the victims are so brainwashed and indoctrinated by their horrible cult of a family that they genuinely don’t appear to see an issue in what happened to them other than to blame the media and for their parents to say they’ve been more victimized by the media than their attacker (no, really).
I know it’s my job to talk about this. But I honestly don’t know how to at this point. I don’t know how to talk about the fact that TLC has no real plans of cancelling the show, that advertisers who promised to pull ads didn’t actually do that, that we live in a world where an ethnic family of rich people are vilified and hated almost universally, but this white rich Christian cult has millions of supporters, including actual presidential candidates who are defending a child molester’s right to molest children because Jesus forgives everyone except gays and liberals.
I’m pregnant. I’m a parent. I’m an averagely decent human being who is opposed to the molestation of children. I’m having a hard time with this.
So, with minimal comment, here are some quotes from last night’s bullshit fucking Duggar interview with bullshit fucking Fox News and I don’t know how anyone involves sleeps at night, except I do, it’s on a cushy bed made of money and I don’t know how to talk about that either. Here are some fucking quotes.
Here’s how the Duggars helped ensure their daughters didn’t go get themselves molested again:
“I mean, it’s like there were a lot of things that changed in our understanding as parents, with this first child, first son, to come to this place in his life, where like, there were things we learned, even since then, that I think, ‘You know what, we don’t let boys babysit. They don’t play hide and seek together, two don’t go off and hide.’ There are just a lot of things that we’ve put in place. We said, ‘You’re not alone in a room with someone else. Always be out visible, and, you know, little ones don’t sit on big boys’ laps or people that you don’t know or even family members, unless it’s your daddy.’ So we just—there’s boundaries that we’ve learned.”
Here’s how the Duggars made sure we know it wasn’t really all that bad:
“We thought at first that Josh was on the road to mend, but he was still a kid, you know, he was still a juvenile. He wasn’t an adult. And so there was a couple more times he came and told us what he had done, and we were just devastated. Again, this was not rape or anything like that. This was like touching over the clothes. There were a couple instances where he touched someone under the clothes, but for like a few seconds. And then he came to us, and was crying, and told us what happened.”
Here’s how the Duggars excused pedophile behavior because of a few months difference:
“Joshua was actually 14 and just turned 15 when he did what he did and I think the legal definition is 16 and up for being an adult preying on a child. So he was a child preying on a child.”
Here’s how they blamed the liberal media for their hateful anti-Christian, anti-molestation agenda:
“They’ve been victimized more by what has happened in these last couple weeks than they were 12 years ago, because they honestly didn’t even understand or know anything had happened.”
Here’s how they reminded us that Jesus came to save the wealthy child molesters:
“I can understand that, but I know that every one of us have done things wrong. That’s why Jesus came. I feel like this is more about… there is an agenda and there is people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.”
And here’s how Josh’s sister Jessa, one of his victims, broke my heart into a million pieces.
“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I’m like, ‘That is so overboard and a lie really.’ I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
And with that, I’m going to sit in the dark, cry and wish for a better world.