TLC defends Jazz Jennings, fires Jill Duggar's husband Dillard for transphobic comments

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.

Derick Dillard was fired from TLC's Counting On. Source: Facebook

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?

Jazz Jennings rides in a car during the New York City Pride March, June 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Jazz Jennings (L) and actress Niecy Nash at the TrevorLIVE LA 2015 at Hollywood Palladium on
December 6, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Trevor Project)

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.

Derick Dillar defended his comments against Jazz by stating his faith in Christianity. Source: Facebook

"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.






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.











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."

Jazz Jennings walks the runway at the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red
Dress Collection 2017in New York City on February 9, 2017 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Jazz Jennings accepts the award for outstanding reality program for 'I am Jazz' at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton
Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.

Derick and Jill Duggar. Source: Facebook

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." 


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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