The last time most of us heard from the Duggars, they were whining about the loss of their TLC show, “19 Kids & Counting,” not to mention the loss of $25,000-$40,000 per episode. (That’s $550,000-$990,000 a year.) Also not mentioned were the loss of book deals and endorsements. However, they still owned several commercial properties and had accumulated a net worth of $3,500,000. (Not exactly candidates for “poor farm” residency.)
However, at the end of last month, the Duggars added a donate button to their YouTube Channel, “Duggar Studios.” In the uproar that followed, they dumped the button. But, about the same time, they started selling grey t-shirts with the Duggar Studios logo on Twitter, for the low, low price of $20. They’ve been recently reduced to $15 (I guess they weren’t selling.) And, of course, they have a “Duggar Store” on the family blog where you can buy all things associated with the Duggars.
As the TV deal, and the proposed spin-off with daughters Jill & Jessa went down the flush hole, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, founded a new business venture, Dillard Family Ministries. Jill and Derick asked for donations of up to $100 a month for their “mission effort” in Central America. But somehow they neglected to say what the money would be used for when they got there.
They are currently suspected of being in El Salvador, but nobody outside the family seems to know if that’s true, or what they are doing there, if there is where they are. On their family website, hubby Derick wrote, “For security purposes, at this time, we’re not publicly discussing specific times and places of international service,” (Ooo Kaay)
By some accounts, they even faked their departure photo. In the pic, Jill is wearing the same orange shirt that she wore when they left for the ALIVE Christian festival a few weeks earlier. Since that trip, Derick had his hair cut, but it’s still long in the photo.
Other than trying to increase their revenue stream, what else are they up to nowadays? I decided to find out.
In July, it was announced that one of the molested girls, not named Duggar, was preparing to file a lawsuit against Josh.
Daughter Jessa and her hubby, Ben Seewald, posted a video on Youtube last week. Ben and his black “brother in Christ,” Dante Berry, talked about racism, “Christianity” and evolution.
When a viewer asked what Christians should do about racism, Ben & Berry were primed and ready.
Ben: There’s been a lot of, like, tension in America between, like, blacks and whites, and in the media, too. There’s been all these reports and, like, ‘race war’ and, you know, going on and everything, and these killings and people saying, ‘Hey, we’re trying to start a race war?’ How should we respond to that as Christians?
Berry responded by referring to Mark 3:25: “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Berry: If you check it out, what they’re trying to do with America,” Berry said, “is to basically have us going against each other while the Devil can sneak in real clearly and destroy what he’s trying to destroy.
And, naturally, that segued into talking about evolution.
Ben: That all comes from the Devil. That all comes from, like, this false religion out here, evolution, that stuff? Teaching that, like, some people are ‘more evolved?
To spin a little perspective on this last mouth fart, this isn’t the first comment Ben has made on the subject. Back in May, he and Jessa visited the Institute for Creation Research. In a discussion with Dr Jason Lisle, the institute’s director, Ben opined,
I know there is also a lot of scientific evidence, we are here at the Institute for Creation Research, and there is a lot of — really, all science points to the validation of the Genesis account.
That tells me, he was either home-schooled or came up through a “red state” school system. (No wonder the rest of the civilized world is passing us by.)
And then there is Amy. As some of you may already know, the Duggars have a very strict policy when it comes to sex. Not only no sex before marriage, but not even any kissing. Jessa and Ben supposedly didn’t even kiss until their wedding day. Apparently daughter Amy, didn’t absorb the lesson.This month, in an engagement photo session, Amy and her future husband engaged in all sorts of soft-core snuggle-bunnies. Since People Magazine has an exclusive on the photos, I can’t show them here, but you can check them out here: “Duggar Gone Wild! See Amy Duggar’s Shockingly Sexy Engagement Photo Shoot.”
As for Jim-Bob and Michelle? With the loss of their endorsements and speaking engagements, they’ve been keeping it on the down-low. Probably hoping this all blows over and they can start raking in the Benjamins again.
And, if Mike Huckabee gets elected and turns us into a theocracy, I’m sure he’ll find a place in government for them. After the scandal, he was the only candidate that didn’t dump the Duggars faster faster than a toupee in a hurricane. (But, somehow I don’t think Mike getting elected has God’s blessing.)