Former Counting On star Derick Dillard has lost a lot of fans because of his anti-LGBTQ beliefs, and now members of his family are turning on him, too. John Andrew Studdard, Jill Duggar’s cousin, has come forward to express his disappointment over Dillard’s homophobic comments. Studdard – whose mother is Jim Bob Duggar’s cousin – isn’t close to Dillard and hasn’t seen him since his 2014 wedding to Jill, but he is sick of hearing about the 29-year-old’s “homophobic cries for publicity.”
Studdard believes that Dillard’s recent comments on Twitter are “embarrassing” and “offensive.”
“Derick needs to keep his mouth shut,” Studdard told Radar Online. “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.”
To disagree doesn’t = hate, or judgement Love doesn’t always = approval Just because I disagree with my child on something doesn’t mean I hate him, and just because I love and forgive him doesn’t mean I approve of everything he does. You can be friends with, love and care for people you don’t agree with 100%.
Studdard is an LGBTQ activist who believes that love is everywhere, and everyone should be happy. He has attempted to reach out to his cousin-in-law via Twitter, but Dillard has yet to respond.
Last summer, Dillard started slamming Jazz Jennings, the teenage star of TLC’s I Am Jazz, for being transgender, and called her show a “reality show which follows a non-reality.” He continued to tweet about Jennings, writing that transgender is a myth, and gender is not fluid but ordained by God.
In November, Dillard tweeted that he pitied Jennings and called the teenager “him” while accusing people – including Jennings’ parents – of taking advantage of the reality star to promote an agenda.
His comments eventually led to TLC firing Dillard from Counting On, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing a tirade of hate. Just last month, he went after designer Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent by calling them a “travesty of family.” He also said that their show Nate & Jeremiah: By Design promotes a liberal agenda and celebrates a lifestyle degrading to children.
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 3, 2018
Dillard recently attempted to justify his comments by claiming that he had “friends who are homosexual” and was in public school for 17 years, and he thinks he has “more than opened” his mind and eyes to experience different kinds of people.
But, Reddit users immediately slammed Dillard and thought his use of the word “homosexual” was an obvious sign of homophobia. They also compared his argument of “I’m not homophobic, I have a gay friend” to saying that you aren’t a sexist because you have a sister.
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard – return to TLC later this summer.