When the Duggar interview aired on Fox, everyone knew it would be controversial. After all, the Duggar’s were talking about the alleged molestation incidents that occurred when their son, Josh Duggar, inappropriately touched their daughters. The Duggars are part of a successful TLC program, 19 and Counting, where they practice their version of religious instruction according to the law of God. When the Duggar interview aired, many took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at how the Duggars handled their son’s indiscretions.
— Amelia VanderMeer (@MiaVanderMeer) June 5, 2015
The #Duggar family said that “he touched them under their clothes….but only for, like, a few seconds” sorry but a few seconds is too long — Lauren Michelle (@laur_seg) June 5, 2015
The Duggar interview by Fox’s Megyn Kelly reached 3.1 million viewers, and Fox plan to match this viewing with an interview with two of the Duggar daughters, Jessa and Jill on Friday’s Kelly File at 9 p.m. EST.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 5, 2015
Of course, while the Duggars revealed during the interview just how they dealt with their son’s indiscretions, they also admitted they forgave him after he returned from his religious prayers and disciplinary measures that included leaving so he could “reckon with God.” When they saw he was “deeply sorry and forever changed,” they took him back into their fold. But what of their daughters? During the Duggar interview, they admitted four of their daughters were touched inappropriately by their son Josh, yet the interview barely centered around what happened to their daughters. Instead, the interview focused more on Josh’s journey and how the parents had forgiven him.
It will be interesting to see if this stance changes in the Friday interview concentrating on their daughters. Perhaps Fox was aiming to show Josh’s story via the parents and their daughters story separate to give each equal air time? However, this doesn’t look likely considering TV Guide is already billing this interview as the Duggar’s daughters defense of their brother.
While the Duggars seem at peace with their son and what he did to their daughters, they are not at all happy with the fact a sealed juvenile record of the incident was leaked to the tabloids. The Duggars revealed during the interview they are considering suing the official they suspect of the breach, even though there is now evidence to suggest the information was obtained legally under Arkansas law. It seems they are most mad at the fact their efforts to sweep this incident under the carpet was revealed rather than the fact their daughters had their privacy invaded by their brother.
To be fair, the Duggars’ stance on rape has usually been that it is likely caused by the inappropriate attire of the female rather than being the fault of the male. Considering their son resided in a household that contained women who were deemed appropriately attired to prevent rape (the Duggar women dress in what they consider a demure manner according to their faith) seemed to be an irony lost on the Duggars during their interview.
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