Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are on the defense after fans accused them of promoting animal cruelty. The Counting On stars were recently spotted at a rodeo and proceeded to get blasted on social media for not caring about the well-being of animals. In response, the couple assured fans they did nothing wrong.
In Touch Weekly reports that controversy began after the couple shared a photo of themselves at a rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas. Forsyth told fans that he’s attended rodeos since he was a boy and that it is a common pastime in Texas.
Things took a turn for the worse, however, when the couple explained how animals and humans are not on the same level. They even used their conservative beliefs as reasoning for why animals shouldn’t be treated the same as humans.
According to Cafe Mom, the couple received a lot of backlash from fans on social media after their comments. Some fans pointed out how all of God’s creatures should be treated fairly while others told them they couldn’t believe they were supporting such a terrible sport.
In response to the overwhelmingly negative comments, Forsyth told fans that he grew up around cattle and that there wasn’t any bulldogging the night he and Duggar attended the rodeo.
This, of course, isn’t the first time the pair has found themselves on the hot seat. The Counting On stars are big fans of their family’s church camp, Fort Rock, where men and women are segregated. They are also active players in the anti-abortion camp.
In fact, Joy-Anna recently shared a photo of her baby bump with an anti-abortion caption, which naturally upset many of their fans.
Based on how fans reacted to their latest misstep, it looks like Duggar and Forsyth can’t do anything right, even when they are just innocent bystanders. Given all the rules and regulations that are placed on the rodeo industry, most of the animals at the rodeo that night were probably treated without harm.
TLC has not announced if Counting On has been picked up for another season.