Josh Duggar resurfaced to get some free grub on Tuesday, and he was joined by a large group of family and friends.
Josh hasn’t appeared in any of his family’s social media photos since returning home from a six-month stay at a Christian treatment facility, but the former 19 Kids and Counting star can be seen showing off a hastily-made cow costume in an Instagram photo snapped by a friend of the Duggar family. On July 12, Sierra Jo Dominguez shared a photo of Josh Duggar posing with his wife Anna, their four children, a few of Josh’s younger siblings, a large group of friends, and a Chick-fil-A cow.
Sierra is the Duggar family’s party planner, and she’s appeared in a few episodes of 19 Kids and Counting and Jill & Jessa: Counting On. She’s helped organize gender reveal parties, weddings, baby showers, and birthday parties. However, the Duggars aren’t partying at Chick-fil-A in the photo above. As Fox News reports, yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day at the fast food chain, meaning that customers who dressed up like cows could score free entrees. Josh and Anna Duggar’s cow costumes seemingly consist of nothing more than white T-shirts with black splotches painted on them.
It’s no secret that the Duggars are fans of Chick-fil-A. As E! News reports, Jill Duggar loves her Chick-fil-A so much that she believes that the restaurant will exist in heaven. However, chicken nuggets and Polynesian sauce weren’t enough to lure Josh Duggar out of hiding for last year’s Cow Appreciation Day fast food giveaway. As The Inquisitr reported, Josh was noticeably absent in a photo that showed a heavily pregnant Anna Duggar and their kids posing with a giant inflatable Chick-fil-A cow. Josh likely stayed home because he feared facing the public’s wrath; he had recently confessed to sexually molesting four of his younger sisters, so was getting tons of negative press at the time.
As soon as things started calming down for the Duggars last summer, another scandal broke; Gawker revealed that Josh Duggar was trying to arrange an extramarital affair using the Ashley Madison website. In response to hackers releasing his Ashley Madison account information, Josh confessed to cheating on his wife. He checked himself into a faith-based treatment facility last August, and he wasn’t photographed out in public until late in April. He and his father, Jim Bob Duggar, were at a mini-golf course in Tennessee when a fan asked them to pose for a picture. Some parents were reportedly upset by Josh Duggar’s presence at the establishment, so they gathered their kids and left.
The Duggars have not shared any photos of Josh or his siblings at Chick-fil-A on their own social media pages, which may be because they fear that there will be a backlash to them. Josh Duggar is such a controversial figure that he was not included in the last season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and the Duggars’ habit of taking advantage of freebies has also stirred up controversy in the past. As In Touch Weekly reports, Jessa Duggar was criticized for encouraging fans to send gift cards to her last September. Critics pointed out that the Duggars are reality show stars who are very well-off, so there’s no need for them to take advantage of admiring fans who might not be as fortunate. The family was also slammed for taking home 14 dozen free donuts during Krispy Kreme’s Talk Like a Pirate Day promotion, and Jessa has admitted that her parents regularly took advantage of kids-eat-free promotions before restaurants put “two children per paying adult” policies in place. In a post on the Seewald Family website, Jessa speculates that her massive family is responsible for these polices. However, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar found a way to get around them in a 2014 19 Kids and Counting episode.
“Since the policy is one kid/adult, they declare all the older siblings adults so that a whole bunch of them can grift their pizza for free,” an episode recap on Happy Nice Time People reads.
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