Duggar-in-law Dillon King, Amy’s husband since September of 2015, appears to be getting sick of some of the associations with the Duggar name. King lashed out Thursday at commenters on the public Facebook page he shares with wife Amy. In the process, he got in some side jabs at the Jim Bob Duggar clan, hinting that he agrees with the common epithet of “grifter” leveled at that group — and with the frequent assertions that the entire family refuses to take honest jobs.
If you need a little background, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are a couple with 19 kids and a reality show. Well, at least, they had a reality show — until the public learned last spring that the oldest son, Josh, had molested several young girls, including some of his sisters. The Duggars were already the center of a lot of criticism for their fundamentalist views and politics, and this revelation merely ramped it up, as the family’s messages of sexual purity began to look hypocritical to many viewers.
Amy Duggar isn’t one of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids, though. She’s Jim Bob’s niece, and her religious beliefs are more relaxed. Labeled the “rebel cousin” on the reality show, she differed from her female cousins in that she wore pants and dated, among other things. In September, Amy married Dillon King and expressed a lot of joy in leaving the Duggar name behind.
However, even as Dillon and Amy publicly claim that they don’t want to capitalize on the Duggar name and that they aren’t interested in a public life, the pair keep publicly visible social media pages and have started a new blog, which focuses pretty heavily on making their lives public.
It’s hard to say how sincere a person’s (or a couple’s) desire to step out of the spotlight is when they have a Facebook page listing them as a “public figure.”