Monday, January 2, 2012

The Duggars Endorse Santorum

Rick Santorum has really hit the big time.  Earlier today, Hollywood came to Iowa via Arkansas when most of the Duggars (from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting reality TV show) showed up to throw their support behind the Republican presidential candidate:
Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch starring in the popular TLC reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, endorsed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum today at a rally in Polk City. "All the people in America that have conservative family values have to get behind Rick Santorum for President," Duggar said, flanked by about a dozen of his children, according to Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith who's on the ground with Santorum. "After church yesterday we hopped in the bus," Duggar said.
This whole incident got me thinking about the whole hoohah with one of TLC's other reality TV shows, All-American Muslim, and the controversy caused when a bunch of advertisers pulled their ads from that show because a Christian group convinced them that the show's jihadist propaganda (see here and here).  I got into too long of a disagreement over the subject with a guy over at GCN.  He argued Lowe's was right to boycott All-American Muslim and that if they had advertised on a TLC show featuring an evangelical Christian family they would be attacked.  I instantly pointed to the Duggars as one of TLC's most popular reality TV families right now who, among other things, are socially and politically conservative Christians.  I also pointed out that there have been no serious attempts to scare away that show's advertisers.  It's possible that such attempts have occurred, but I've not heard of them.  Anyway, my Duggar example was ignored and I eventually pulled out of the discussion.

Now the Duggars are in town and throwing the power of their reality TV notoriety and popularity behind the man who wants to forcibly and involuntarily annul my marriage.

No word yet which presidential candidate has secured the coveted Jon & Kate Plus 8 endorsement.  I'll follow up with a subsequent post if and when that one gets announced.

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