The Duggar family is being slammed by fans over an episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On for singing Christian songs to Spanish-speaking women in Central America — in English. According to the Facebook page “Duggar Family News: Life is not all pickles and hairspray,” women at a Central American mission were forced to watch the Duggar family sing religious songs in exchange for food and supplies.
Fans are outraged that the Duggar family showed cultural insensitivity in the episode, singing to the Spanish-speaking listeners in English, particularly since viewers noticed that Jill, Jinger, and their sisters read the lyrics off an $800 cell phone. People called out the Duggar family for the hypocrisy of showing off an expensive electronic in front of needy people.
Although the Duggar family did not reveal whether the women spoke English or not, fans are left scratching their heads, wondering why the sisters were singing in English to women who reportedly couldn’t understand a word they were saying.
Moreover, the Duggar family is also being criticized for handing out everyday necessities to needy people, but apparently with a catch. According to the Facebook page, it’s normal for some Christian mission groups, such as the one Jill Dillard works with Central America, to ask charity recipients to sit through a religious ceremony in order to receive everyday supplies like food and toiletries. Claiming that the Duggar sisters only care about “saving their souls,” Jill, Jinger, and their sisters were slammed for not immediately providing food, toiletries, and other basic life necessities to their impoverished listeners.
Season 2 of Jill & Jessa: Counting On focused, in part, on Jill (Duggar) Dillard, her husband, Derrick, and son Israel as the couple helped people in Central America through their mission work. Although most of the scenes involving Jill focused on her son, some parts of each episode were devoted to the Duggar mission to help Christians in Central America.
— Swarna Lily (@stylishgirls7) May 4, 2016
Calling the Duggar family “immersed in self-righteousness,” some fans heavily criticized the sisters, claiming the Duggar family isn’t interested in “helping them with real life things” but just wants to spread the message of Christianity instead.
Although there’s been no word about whether Jill & Jessa: Counting On will air another season since the first full season premiered to stellar ratings — the first three episodes that aired in late 2015 also drew a huge audience — it’s entirely possible Duggar family fans will continue to see the reality stars on TLC. With over 1.9 million viewers for the first episode, which reportedly set a network record, Jill & Jessa: Counting On still proves that fans are interested in the Duggar family and would welcome them back for a third season.
One question Duggar family fans are asking is whether Josh Duggar will return for the third season. TLC has remained adamant that Josh is no longer going to be a part of their network, but since his wife, Anna Duggar, appeared on several episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, fans are still questioning whether the network is really finished with the fallen reality star.
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— Treva Leigh (@TrevaLBow) May 4, 2016
Although Josh naturally couldn’t remain in hiding forever, now that Season 2 of the series is complete, the Duggar family has been spotted several times with Josh at different events in an attempt to slowly reintroduce him to the public. Josh has not spoken directly with the media, however.
The Duggar family has reportedly been touring the country, largely to visit friends as they graduate from college. Recently, the Duggar clan was spotted in Pensacola, Florida, where Josh was spotted looking bored at a Mother’s Day lunch with his family as well as posing for selfies with college girls at a graduation ceremony.
What do you think? Is the Duggar family hypocritical or culturally insensitive for singing to Spanish-speaking women in English from an $800 cell phone? Leave a comment below!
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