If Jill Duggar Dillard was trying to keep herself busy during her self-quarantine, she has seemingly succeeded. Jill and Derick Dillard have shared that they watch Netflix like the rest of us, and they even asked their followers for recommendations of shows and movies to watch.
Unfortunately, Jill went about asking for Netflix recommendations using a photo that was not hers and was not attributed to the actual photographer or owner. A few of her followers pointed out the major error.
The latest Instagram post features a photo of a laptop with the Netflix logo on the screen sitting next to a Yankee candle and a pair of glasses. All of these things rest on a bed. The caption points readers to Jill’s blog entry about date nights during quarantine. The post also asks people for some Netflix recommendations with the hashtags #staysane and #datenight.
It was a very strange photo for Jill to post, especially because it featured a lit candle sitting on a bed.
A reverse image search shows that Jill did not take the photo.
On Instagram, one user said, “Are you going to start crediting any of the photos you’ve been using?” Some of Jill’s followers were confused, seemingly not understanding that Jill did not take the picture. Another user pointed out that Jill had taken the time to tag Yankee Candle in the photo but not to point to the owner of the photo. Some of Jill’s fans seemed not to care about potential infringement and told others to simply stop following the family.
Much of the conversation about Jill’s use of the photo took place on r/DuggarSnark. Some users pointed out that they had been impressed by Jill’s sudden photography skills, perhaps something she had learned while practicing social distancing. Another user pointed to Jill’s homeschool education at the “school of the dining room table,” which stands in contrast to Derick’s education. In fact, Derick is currently attending law school, which means he should know a thing or two about copyright and photos, especially for a family in the public eye.
The original photo Jill posted can be found on Pinterest. How did Jill find it? One Reddit user said, “A quick google search finds this pic under ‘netflix and chill’.”
At this time, Jill has not said anything in response to the allegations that she took the photo to pass off as her own. She also has not edited the photo to add a caption or to delete it. Followers can’t help but wonder if the family will acknowledge this choice in the future.