Remember when TLC showed educational content? It literally stands for “The Learning Channel” but none of the stuff they show anymore could qualify as educational, though it is entertaining.
It’s a miracle that this network has survived so many scandals, and these are just some of the biggest ones in recent history. We’ll start small and work our way up to the biggest ones.
Derick Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar, has always been a little out there. He and his future wife broke one of the biggest Duggar rules, no front hugging, when they first met each other, which should have been a warning sign that bad things were on their way.
Dillard, who is a former accountant, first made waves when he and Jill lied to their fans about their missionary work. Jill’s education as a midwife wasn’t enough to stop their application to the International Mission Board from getting rejected.
According to the Southern Baptist Convention, the church through which the couple applied for the missionary position, the following requirements need to be met:
“Must complete at least 12 college credit hours comprising three hours each of new testament survey, old testament survey, biblical or systematic theology, as well as elective courses in general ministry.”
Derick only has an undergraduate in accounting, and Jill has no post-secondary education at all. Fans took this as misleading, seeing as the couple spent the better part of a year in El Salvador claiming to do missionary work, even asking for money to help support them.
But it was Dillard’s comments on TLC’s transgendered star, Jazz Jennings, that got him and his wife fired from the network. Jennings, who identifies as a girl but was born a boy, is only 17 years old.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” Derick wrote on Twitter in August.
After Jennings tweeted about cyber-bullying, Derick continued his rampage.
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.
It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way.
Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.”
Dillard claims he “never bullied anyone” and “just said [he] didn’t agree with what is being propagated on TV.”
Jennings, who is 11 years younger than Dillard, chose to take the high road in the whole situation.
“In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love,” she wrote on Twitter.
Dillard and his wife were then fired from their family’s TV show, Counting On.