Can you imagine giving a single shit what a Duggar thinks about literally anything? I wouldn’t ask a Duggar about denim, let alone their thoughts about transgender TV star Jazz Jennings. But now Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, started attacking the 16-year-old on Twitter. It turns out Jazz Jennings is smarter and more mature than the off-brand Duggar could ever be.
Dillard started the whole thing a few days ago when he started Tweeting that Jazz’s reality TV show was “an oxymoron,” because he says that being transgender is a myth, and therefore her show cannot possibly be “reality.”
What an oxymoron… a "reality" show which follows a non-reality. "Transgender" is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God. https://t.co/YxzH5o5Ujx
— Derick Dillard (@derick4Him) August 3, 2017
Jill Duggar’s husband also insisted on misgendering Jazz Jennings several times, while claiming he has “no problem” with Jennings.
Jazz Jennings stars on her own show, I Am Jazz, on TLC. Dillard’s reality TV show is called Counting On. It is also on TLC.
Jazz gracefully responded to by pointing out that she is cyber-bullied every single day for being a trans woman. This attack was not special just because it came from someone with a reality TV show on her network.
Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) August 3, 2017
She did not even tag or mention Dillard in her response. Good for her. There’s no reason to even speak his name. It’s just awful that she has to deal with being cyber-bullied every day. She’s a 16-year-old girl, and she deserves to be treated better than that.
Transphobia is not new for the Duggars.
Dillard’s transphobia is not surprising. His mother-in-law, Michelle Duggar, lent her voice to a series of robocalls fighting a proposed anti-discrimination law in Arkansas. The law would have banned Arkansas businesses from “discriminating against people based on real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status.”
It also would have allowed transgender people to use the correct bathrooms. That prompted the Duggar matriarch to record her robo-calls spewing lies about trans people. She openly claimed trans people were sex offenders who lying about being women to prey on vulnerable girls.
TLC, the network that employs both Jazz Jennings and the off-brand Duggar, is distancing itself from Dillard’s transphobia.
“Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC,” the network said in a statement to PEOPLE.
TLC refers to Jazz correctly using female pronouns in all its promotional and marketing materials.
(Image: Instagram / JazzJennings_)