Former Counting On star Derick Dillard can’t seem to keep himself from spreading hateful messages on Twitter. Even though he lost his job last fall because of his negative comments on social media towards people he disagrees with, he just continues to spread the hate – especially against members of the LGBTQ community.
Once again, he went after a TV show that stars transgendered individuals, and this time it was TLC’s new show Lost In Translation. During the past year, Jill Duggar’s husband has slammed the LGBTQ community in various Twitter rants, including a few against transgender teen Jazz Jennings and one against Nate & Jeremiah by Design stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, who are a gay married couple.
@derickmdillard the pope told a gay man "God made you like that". Guess it can't be a mental illness. Maybe your hateful type of Christianity must be the problem!
— Kelvin Herron (@kelvin_herron) May 21, 2018
In Dillard’s most recent post, he retweeted a TLC promotion of Lost In Translation – which follows four men who just told their wives they are transitioning – and then added his own comments implying that transgender people in transition are mentally ill.
“I really hope this is a series showing the devastation that mental illness causes, rather than assuming that these challenges are simply evidence of an improving society. #optimism,” he tweeted.
According to Ashley’s Reality Roundup, he is basically saying that he hopes the show doesn’t make transitioning look “normal” or “okay.”
He later deleted the tweet.
According to the show’s website, Lost In Translation tells the transition story from the wives’ point of view, and examines confusion, anger, disappointment, and uncertainty that each couple goes through.
It is no secret that Dillard doesn’t approve of reality TV shows that showcase LGBTQ families. He went after Berkus and Brent last month by calling them a “travesty of family” and claimed their show celebrated perversion.
TLC fired Dillard from Counting On after he bashed Jennings last year, but he has always maintained that it was his own decision to leave the show. His wife also decided to part ways with the reality show as a misguided act of solidarity.
Despite Dillard’s constant outspokenness regarding the LGBTQ community, Duggar has remained pretty quiet and doesn’t respond to his outbursts. She also doesn’t share her own feelings on the subject. However, earlier this month she posted a message on Instagram that seemed to be related to the controversy surrounding her husband.
She wrote that to disagree doesn’t equal hate or judgment, and to love doesn’t always equal approval. Duggar also wrote that you can be friends with, and love and care for people you don’t completely agree with.
New episodes of Counting On – without Derick Dillard or Jill Duggar – return to TLC later this summer.