By: D’Anne Witkowski*/Special to TRT—
I’ll admit I’ve never watched “19 and Counting,” the reality show about the Duggar family.
But from what I understand, it’s a show about Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, a woman and man so sex-obsessed that they can’t stop f#@&ing to the point that Michelle is literally pregnant, like, all of the time forever. Anyway, they have anywhere from 19 to 100 children—who can keep track?
If the above description sounds a little inflammatory and sensationalized, well, welcome to how LGBT people feel when right-wingers like the Duggars and the American Family Association describe their families. The fact that two women or two men might—gasp!—want to have sex with each other is all of the proof the anti-gay right need to dismiss our families as illegitimate and to campaign for and support discriminatory laws against us. [pullquote]If the above description sounds a little inflammatory and sensationalized, well, welcome to how LGBT people feel when right-wingers like the Duggars and the American Family Association describe their families.[/pullquote]
Personally, I would not want to have 19 children. That is so many children! If the Duggars had cats instead of kids they would still be on TLC, only instead of having their own show they’d be featured on “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”
But you know what? Ain’t none of my business how many kids the Duggars have (I mean, aside from the fact that by being on TV they’re basically making it everybody’s business). I’m a very live and let live kind of person. That is, until Michelle Duggar makes anti-trans robo-calls and the Duggars drop $10,000 in an effort to reverse an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
They may be busy popping out kids, but they apparently have time to try to make life more difficult for people and families that they don’t like. [pullquote]That is, until Michelle Duggar makes anti-trans robo-calls and the Duggars drop $10,000 in an effort to reverse an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[/pullquote]
Needless to say, this pissed some folks off and TLC, the TV channel that the Duggars call home, was called upon to cancel their show. Which of course they won’t do because money.
Still, the very idea that the Duggars might have to have their next kid off the air sent the anti-gay stalwarts at the American Family Association into a tizzy and they urged their minions to #DefendTheDuggars.
“Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One,” the AFA lamented on their website. “The Duggars are under a malicious attack because of their uncompromising stand on marriage and abstinence, the homosexual lobby has drawn a bully bead on Jim and Michelle Duggar. Gay activists are publicly labeling Jim and Michelle with words like ‘ignorance’ and ‘fear mongering.'”
Well, if there’s one thing that’s true of “gay activists,” we know “ignorance” and “fear mongering” when we see it. Apparently that hurts the Duggars’ feelings. I have the perfect solution: stop being ignorant fear mongers.
The AFA post continues, “In the past week, homosexuals launched a very frightening and fast-growing petition asking TLC to cancel ’19 Kids and Counting.’ Already, their hate-filled petition has gathered 130,000 signatures, thanks to the liberal media’s propaganda machine.” [pullquote]Well, if there’s one thing that’s true of “gay activists,” we know “ignorance” and “fear mongering” when we see it. Apparently that hurts the Duggars’ feelings. I have the perfect solution: stop being ignorant fear mongers. [/pullquote]
Actually, as of this writing, that number is 172,725. You can sign it here: http://tinyurl.com/CancelTheDuggars.
The AFA has a Support the Duggars petition of its own currently with 130,839 signatures.
The best thing to come of all of this, however, is the #DefendTheDuggars Twitter campaign started by Scott Wooledge which has raised over $25,000 for Lucie’s Place, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth in Arkansas. And with The Duggars fighting against laws to protect the very kids Lucie’s Place serves, they sure can use it. So head over to www.luciesplace.org and send them 19 bucks (or more!) in (dis)honor of the Duggars.
*D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world she reviews rock and roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister and teaches writing at the University of Michigan.