From the outside, Little People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff appear to have a squeaky clean image. They’re happily married and expecting their first child (a daughter) in September. They publish the advice blog, Beating 50 Percent, which is aimed at helping people build and maintain their marriages. They’re deeply religious.
They’re also allegedly anti-gay — much like their fellow TLC network family, the Duggars.
Last year, Radar Online reported that Audrey Roloff took umbrage to some readers who complained that Beating 50 Percent ignored same-sex couples. In a post that has apparently since been deleted, Audrey allegedly said that her blog isn’t for LGBT couples.
“We are not claiming to be a resource for same-sex marriages. It is not something we agree with.”
She then reportedly said that gay couples are free to read her marriage advice, but made it clear that she didn’t think her Christ-centered message applied to them.
“We are for opposite-sex marriages that are striving to give more than average to their marriages,” she allegedly wrote. “To live out the covenant of marriage every day, and to center their marriage around Christ. That being said, know that our content is not written to same-sex marriages, so to say that we don’t offer advice for that side is accurate.”
It should be noted that her anti-gay statements and all comments from Little People, Big World fans on the subject have since been deleted.
But don’t worry, Audrey’s discomfort with the LGBT community is still available on her other social media accounts. According to NewNowNext, Audrey took heat last fall after she snapped a photo of gender-bending YouTube star James Charles’ CoverGirl ad and posted it on Instagram, placing the word “confused” typed over his image.
Farmer and I attended a wedding this weekend (congrats Jake and Courtney!) and we met the most inspiring couple who have been married for 60 years!!! They won the "longest married couple" dance during the reception, and we eagerly approached them afterwards to dig out their secret to 60 years. Their response was ???????? you have to go read it over on @beating50 ???? Their marriage was so clearly beaming with joy and brimming with the Lord's favor. #beating50percent #stayingido p.s. I can't believe I'm almost to my third trimester! When did that happen!? #25weekspregnant #journeyofjerandauj
This ignited a debate with several of her followers, prompting Audrey to defend her viewpoint.
“This MAN has incredible talents. I have an issue with the brand and the message it sends to women across the globe, not the man himself. If my child wanted to run out into the freeway, I would speak up!”
This didn’t go over well with many Little People, Big World fans.
“Well if Cover Girl having a male ambassador is equivalent to your future child running in the street… you really have much more to think about,” fired back one fan.
Jeremy Roloff has also had run-ins with his social media followers over his conservative views. In early 2016, he took to Twitter to retweet an article from ultra-conservative outlet The Blaze, which claimed that gay groups were trying to destroy churches.
The first arrow has been shot. Here is an interesting article concerning the beginning of the war.
"It may be a… https://t.co/sYXrCLwUJJ
— Jeremy James Roloff (@JeremyJRoloff) April 19, 2016
This prompted a heated response from his Twitter followers.
“[It] saddens me that this type of rhetoric will be passed onto children you may have in the future,” wrote one person. “The “war” is in your head.”
Another follower was less diplomatic, writing, “I hope your children become gays, lesbians and bi, at least they will be better than you.”
Jeremy also got into hot water back in 2008, when he allegedly posted anti-gay and racist remarks on his personal MySpace page.
It isn’t known where Jeremy may have picked up his views 9 years ago, but In Touch Weekly reports that Jeremy and Audrey’s current views may stem from Audrey’s pastor, John Mark Comer, who is known for his anti-LGBT stance.
What do you think, Little People, Big World fans? Are you bothered by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s views on same-sex marriage?
Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC.
[Featured Image by Audrey Roloff/Facebook]