A new video featuring former 19 Kids & Counting star Michelle Duggar has gone viral, but for all the wrong reasons. Michelle’s son-in-law Derick Dillard secretly took a short clip of the mom of 19 scolding her 10-year-old daughter Jennifer and posted it to Instagram – then took it down – and some believe she was going too far. Does the video prove that the family matriarch is abusive with her children?
The video begins with Michelle berating Jennifer and wagging a finger in her face in a threatening manner while the 10-year-old is turned away and flinching. But, as soon as she realizes that she is on camera her behavior changes, with an immediate “sociopathic” switch to sweetness.
Reddit users wasted no time and started commenting that Michelle’s behavior sent out abusive vibes.
“I grew up in an abusive household, and Michelle’s behavior in that video reminds me so much of my own mother. Jenni’s body language is also very telling,” wrote one fan.
Another wrote that nothing about the interaction looked to be a healthy way to discipline a kid.
The Duggars’ parenting style has always been a controversial topic, and when it came out that they promoted the book To Train Up A Child – Child Training for the 21st Century from Michael and Debi Pearl fans really started to get concerned.
The book endorses corporal punishment and techniques like blanket training, which is where parents put their baby or toddler on a blanket and swat them if they try to crawl away. It’s an introductory method of teaching children obedience.
The family has never used any of the Pearl’s methods on their TV show, so there is no evidence that they use the book’s advice while parenting their children, but many consider this video to be proof that the Duggar parents are abusive.
As In Touch Weekly reports, this controversy comes just weeks after fans voiced their concern over the way Joy-Anna’s husband Austin Forsyth treats her. Based on his behavior in scenes of Counting On and video clips online, some described him as being “emotionally abusive” and found him to be “creepy.”
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Fans noticed that Forsyth appeared to be controlling, and after Joy-Anna’s upbringing of obeying her parents without question, they were afraid that the 20-year-old was vulnerable to domestic abuse.
We will never know what goes on behind closed doors in the Duggar home, but it is troubling for many to see red flags of more sinister stuff than just strict rules imposed by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC later this summer.