Jim Bob Duggar often used 19 Kids and Counting as a platform to preach about the importance of couples saving their first kisses for marriage, but, much like Honey Boo Boo, the Duggar family patriarch has discovered that fame as a TLC reality show star is fleeting. Jim Bob still pops up occasionally on his adult kids’ new series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, but the strict Independent Fundamental Baptist no longer gets to explain what courtship is or why his kids are discouraged from kissing anyone before they get married.
However, Jim Bob Duggar isn’t ready to stop talking about his kids’ love lives, and he recently felt it was necessary to inform his fans just how far one of his sons has gone with a girl. Jim Bob divulged this information in a birthday video for 16-year-old Jason Duggar.
“I can’t believe you’re 16 and never been kissed.”
One fan suggested that Jim Bob Duggar’s kissing comment is in poor taste and unnecessarily cruel to Jason.
“I truly don’t want to come across as negative, but in light of the fact Jim Bob has been outright militant about ‘no kissing’ before marriage–I found his perceived joke about Jason turning 16 and never been kissed actually belittling,” the commenter wrote on the Duggar Family Blog. “Since JB and Michelle adhere to such strict courting rules why would JB mock his son for following them? I don’t understand this one.”
Jim Bob Duggar discussed his family’s courtship rules extensively on 19 Kids and Counting. Over and over again, he would explain to the TLC cameras that his kids don’t hold hands before getting engaged or kiss before getting married. As Bustle reports, Jim Bob also seemed to enjoy taunting the older children who tried to please him by following his rules. In a 2014 episode of 19 Kids, he can be seen exhibiting this behavior while chaperoning Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald’s mini-golf date.
At one point during the outing, Jim Bob kissed fellow chaperone Michelle in front of Ben and Jessa.
“Does that turn you on?” Jim Bob asked his wife. He also stood behind Michelle and moved in a sexually suggestive motion while she was trying to hit her golf ball.
Whenever Jim Bob would get physically affectionate with his wife, he would turn to Ben and Jessa and remind them that they were not allowed to kiss or touch each other.
“The entire idea of courtship is obviously problematic in its own right, but Jim Bob’s bizarre habit of taunting his limited daughters, by being overtly sexual towards their mother, is just gross,” Bustle writes.
As Us Weekly reports, Jim Bob and Michelle took their kissing obsession to social media in November 2014. They shared a photo of themselves locking lips, and they asked their married fans to post their own smooching snapshots on the Duggar Family Official Facebook page. Any pictures of same-sex couples were deleted.
Jim Bob Duggar hasn’t just used his lips to taunt Jessa, Ben, and same-sex couples—he also tried to torture poor Jill with some PDA. In another episode of 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob reminded his second-oldest daughter that she wouldn’t get to greet her future husband Derick Dillard with a kiss when she flew to Nepal to visit him. Jim Bob made sure to demonstrate what his daughter would miss by kissing Michelle in front of her.
Jim Bob hasn’t explained why he enjoys tormenting his kids in this manner, but he has offered some insight into why he’s so against kissing before marriage. During a 17 Kids and Counting episode titled “Josh Gets Engaged,” Jim Bob revealed that he’s unhappy that he was not Michelle’s first kiss. He even suggested that Michelle’s past kissing partners are to blame for some of their marital problems.
“Michelle had several boyfriends before she met me, and she had a lot of baggage from those relationships with other boys,” Jim Bob said. “We both talked about this, and we didn’t want our children to have the same problems that we’ve had.”
In the same episode of 17 Kids, Michelle decided to play Jim Bob’s favorite mind game by reminding a recently-engaged Anna and Josh Duggar that they wouldn’t get to kiss until their wedding day.
“You guys can’t kiss yet. We’ll be doing the kissing,” Michelle said, before giving Jim Bob a peck on the lips. “You guys can do that on your wedding day.”
At least Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar refrained from making out and play mini-golf in Jason’s birthday video.
[Image via Duggar Family Official Facebook]