Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are enjoying their married life together. The two have been heavily featured in the Duggar family’s newest reality TV show Counting On. Fans have excitedly followed their romance since their courtship first began but one moment from their wedding day has recently caught the attention of fans on Reddit. Many found Jill’s controversial brother Josh’s comments during his speech very disrespectful and inappropriate. To many, it felt like the comments were extremely inappropriate.
Fans recently brought up that Josh’s speech could have been in reference to his abuse of some of his relatives: “… At Jill’s wedding, he gave a speech & said she was the tattle-tale of the family. Imagine your abuser 1. Being at your wedding 2. Giving a speech at your wedding 3. Taunting you in said speech for possibly outing them as your abuser,” someone posted to Reddit. “Wait wait wait. I can’t believe [I] never connected the dots on this. I know Jill was always called the family tattle-tale but it never occurred to me that she could have ‘tattled’ on Josh for abusing her,”
The sexual abuse perpetrated by Josh Duggar came to light in 2015 thought the abuse occurred years previously. When Josh was a teenager he touched family members, including sisters and a cousin, over their clothing while they slept. Some of the victims slept through the abuse. Others were very young and didn’t realize what was going on. Josh was immediately removed from his family’s reality show and has never been permitted to return. Fans have spoken out about their disapproval of Josh.
Around the same time that the sexual abuse scandal broke out, Josh found himself embroiled in even more drama. It was revealed that Josh had an account on the infidelity website Ashley Maddison. Josh admitted that he had cheated on his wife Anna. He also confessed to having an addiction to pornography. If his family troubles were not enough Josh also went to court over a bad real estate deal. The lawsuit was over a 5 acre tract of land.
The Duggar family starred in their reality show 17 Kids & Counting (later renamed 19 Kids & Counting) for seven years. Josh is the oldest son of parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and as such he was once featured heavily on the show. He was often considered a leader to his younger siblings. Once the sexual abuse scandal broke out the show was canceled. Josh’s younger sisters have since been featured in the new show counting on. Wife Anna appears without Josh.
Through all of the scandals, cancelations, and drama fans are the most upset with Jom Bob and Michelle. Many feel they had a duty to protect their children from Josh which they neglected. The Duggar family claims they protected their children by removing Josh from the home temporarily. Many fans feel this measure was too little in the face of what Josh had done. Many of his sisters have spoken out about the abuse and forgiving Josh. Fans aren’t as forgiving.