Derick Dillard’s transphobic and homophobic comments on social media, may be creating more family drama than fans even know.
Fans of 19 Kids & Counting and Counting On know that the Duggar and Bates families have been friends for a long time, and it is probably because they have a lot in common. They both have 19 kids, are extremely religious, and star in reality TV shows (the Bates star in Bringing Up Bates on the UP network). But, they also have their differences – one big one being that the Duggar family has way more controversies under their belt – and that could be why the wholesome Bates family would want to distance themselves from their longtime friends.
According to In Touch, fans started to suspect that there was tension between the two families after Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar’s husband, went on a transphobic rant last fall on Twitter against teen Jazz Jennings. Her show, I Am Jazz, is on TLC and she is a transgender activist who transitioned from male to female.
Last fall, Dillard attacked the teenager with a series of tweets, and that resulted in TLC firing him from Counting On. It is unclear how long it took for the Bates family to unfollow the disgraced former reality star, but fans noticed back in March that their individual accounts had dropped off of Dillard’s follow list.
It may be that the Bates family is just trying to distance themselves from Dillard and not the entire Duggar family. On March 19th, Josiah Duggar posted a pic on Instagram that featured his fiancée Lauren Swanson, Joseph Duggar and his wife Kendra Caldwell, John David Duggar, and Nathan Bates.
Tori Bates also invited members of the Duggar family to her wedding in December. So, it appears that things are okay with the Bates and Duggars, sans Dillard, of course.
But, it isn’t just the Bates who have a problem with Dillard. Jill’s cousin and LGBTQ activist John Andrew Studdard has called the 29-year-old’s comments offensive after he went after designer Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent.
“Derick needs to keep his mouth shut,” he said. “We don’t have to agree with someone’s life, but don’t speak out publicly when you know you’re already disliked by half of America. As a public figure, he should stop being so harsh.”
Dillard called Nate & Jeremiah by Design a “travesty of family,” after TLC tweeted a promo for the home makeover show that features the married designers and their children, 3-year-old Poppy and one-month-old Oskar.
Studdard said that he isn’t close to Derick Dillard and hasn’t seen the former reality star since the day he married Jill, but he is “sick of hearing his homophobic cries for publicity.”
New episodes of Counting On return to TLC later this summer. Meanwhile, episodes of Bringing Up Bates air Thursday nights on UP.