Josh Duggar’s cousin, Amy, who occasionally appeared on the family’s reality show wearing jeans in stark contrast to the conservative dresses Josh’s sisters wore, has a new forum to speak out against her cousin. She’s started a blog, and her second post appears to center around the family’s series of scandals this year, and hints she’s cut Josh out of her life.
The new post doesn’t mention Josh by name, but a quick skim of the Duggar kids’ so-called ‘rebel cousin’ appears to confirm, in another way, that she is washing her hands of Jim Bob and Michelle’s eldest offspring.
First, there’s Amy’s blog post.
“I have learned this year that not everyone has good intentions. In fact most people are too selfish to even realize they are hurting you in the process.”
She goes on to talk about the difference between reputation and character, saying that one can’t help what people say about them, but can control their own behavior, and who they associate with.
“If your so called ‘friend’ puts you in a vulnerable state then what kind of friend is that after all?!”
Then, she drops the bomb: she’s been cutting off people who she no longer wants to be associated with. It’s not the first time she’s spoken of distancing herself from the Duggar name — she’s even used her profile descriptions to declare that she was, first, excited to soon drop the name, then, glad to be rid of it.
(She wasn’t so anxious to be rid of the name that she’s eliminated it entirely, however — her new blog is called Dillan and Duggs, and she certainly still mentions the name, even in the profile description above.)
Anyway, as for burning bridges, here’s what she says.
“I’ve been cleaning house on who I want to be associated with.”
No, she doesn’t name any names. However, her Twitter “following” list provides a hint.
Amy is currently following 245 accounts. They include her cousins Jessa and Jill, their husbands, and Josh’s wife, Anna Duggar, of whom Amy has been rather defensive throughout the whole debacle. She also follows the primary Duggar Family account, and Duggar Studios, an account four of her cousins use to promote their videos.
Who, though, is noticeably missing? Oh — Amy is no longer following her cousin, Josh.
Of course, unfollowing or unfriending someone on social media doesn’t necessarily equal cutting them out of one’s life, but combined with Amy’s own words, and her previous comments about her cousin, it looks as though at least one member of the family is completely done with Josh’s behavior.
Getting away from the ripples of repercussion from Josh’s actions is a little harder, though, which may be what Amy meant when she spoke of reputation. His is certainly following her, and his sisters, around.
When she posted a while back on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself and Jinger Duggar with the caption “Locked doors lead to happy faces,” followers were quick to associate the phrase “locked doors” with Michelle and Jim Bob’s explanation in their interview with Megyn Kelly that they protected their daughters from Josh by placing a lock on the girls’ bedroom door.
Amy may have once hoped 19 Kids and Counting would help her launch a career in music, but now she says she’d “rather watch drama on tv” instead of having it in her own life. Unfortunately, now that she seems to be trying to distance herself from Josh’s scandals, it simply isn’t happening.
“Do the locked doors have to do with what the did about keeping Josh out of girls room so safe from him?”
“I didn’t know if she was referencing the fact that the girls had to sleep behind locked doors after the molestation happened.”
Comments like this on Amy’s social media posts may be what she’s describing when she says that being associated with someone can place one in a vulnerable state. It echoes what Jill says in her latest promo for the family’s new show, which premieres tonight.
“… everyone makes their own choices, but they’re not the only ones that suffer.”
TLC and other Discovery channels are facing a massive boycott, with viewers pledging to turn off all shows on all of the networks’ channels during the time of broadcast. A Facebook group has gathered over 1,500 people promising to boycott, and over 1,000 members of another group have messaged, emailed, and called potential sponsors, receiving promises from over 900 companies to prevent their products from being advertised during the shows.
Judging from her posts, it seems Josh Duggar’s cousin, Anna, won’t be watching, either.
[Image via TLC]