TLC defends Jazz Jennings, fires Jill Duggar's husband Dillard for transphobic comments
The network said he would no longer appear on 19 Kids and Counting
TLC has had enough of Derick Dillard's hateful comments against Jazz Jennings. The network no longer wants him to star on their famous reality TV show Counting On and they made this abundantly clear to all their viewers.
A few days ago, the network tweeted, "We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so." But what exactly did Derick say?
The 28-year-old took a dig at Jazz, a 17-year-old who transitioned to become a woman and has her own show on TLC titled I Am Jazz. The reality show's season premiere had one of the highest ratings on TLC but Derick felt Jazz's identity was taken advantage of. He tweeted saying he pities the reality TV star because people are using her to promote their own agenda.
"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," his full tweet read.
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.— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 9, 2017
Never bullied anyone, just said I️ didn’t agree with what is being propagated on tv.— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 9, 2017
I’m expressing my view of what should be treated as reality; if I️ say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn’t make me so.
I raise my children the best way I know how, just as any good parent should. Is it good for government to “force” kids to go to school before they are old enough to decide what they feel about it?— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) November 9, 2017
For the past few months, Jill Duggar's husband has refused to acknowledge Jazz's gender. He frequently calls the I Am Jazz star "he," a gendered prefix that usually changes when a person transitions. Although the teenager didn't respond to his tweet, many on the social media responded to his tweet by calling him out for his transphobic message.
I don't let my children watch Derick Dillard on TV because I am afraid if they learn about him they will turn into homophobes with lazy eyes and big heads.— Linney ZeBra (@linzbrandenburg) November 12, 2017
I wonder why you are so very interested in Jazz. What is it to you? Perhaps you are protesting a wee bit too much.— Jo Ann Bailey (@Bajovane65) November 10, 2017
I totally respect jazz's parents and jazz. #LGBTQ You can't speak against of something you know nothing of. I use to watch CO. No more. I love shows that show love and compassion, not hatred. :(— Jan (@faith758) November 10, 2017
I agree with you, it is sad what is on TV today which includes you and your show.— Frances (@treasuresmich) November 11, 2017
Well she’s a SHE. So once again you just love to let your hate fly. GOD LOVES EVERYONE sweetie & Jazz is perfect in Gods eyes as SHE is now. Not sure why u feel the need to push your scared, insecure, and deceitful agenda as “Christian.” @TLC why hasn’t this phony been fired yet?— Red.Lipstick.Meg (@megschaab) November 11, 2017
I think you say things like this to get attention because you are no longer relevant. You are embarrassing yourself and Christianity. Stop tweeting and love as we are called to do.— Kate (@Katieb38) November 12, 2017
@ derick-- jazz is in the right body.. it does say in my bible judge don't be judge.. who are u to judge her.— marsha (@tmarsha78) November 12, 2017
This wasn't the first time that Derick attacked Jazz for her transition. In August, the reality TV star said, "What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God." After he was met with immense backlash on Twitter, Derick wrote, "I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here."
Derick has always defended his statements against Jazz by stating his belief in Christianity. He's also expressed his doubt in a minor's ability to make decisions about their gender. However, his comments have sparked outrage on Twitter.
Jazz caught the country's attention when she appeared along with her family on 20/20 and The Rosie Show. When she was all of six, Jazz spoke about the challenges that surrounded kids who are transgender. She told Daily Mail that she identified herself as a girl ever since she was young. In school, she would tell her friends, "I have a girl brain but a boy body."
In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love💖— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) November 11, 2017
As a child, she said she rejected boy's clothes and asked her mom, "When is the good fairy going to come and wave her magic wand and change my body parts?" Thankfully, Jazz's mom, once a counselor understood her kid was dealing with gender dysphoria. At the age of six, she transitioned and has been a champion for transgender people since then.
In 2015, she was named one among TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. According to Daily Mail, Jazz said, "The topic of being transgender is definitely at the forefront of the civil rights movement."
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