Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Duggar Family Pitching New Show to TLC // Meanwhile, Josh Duggar Outed With Two Paid "Ashley Madison" Subscriptions

The Duggar family can't win for trying these days. I learned Tuesday that the Duggar family has pitched a new reality TV show to the TLC Network that would focus on Christian counseling services for the victims of childhood sexual abuse:
The Duggar family is reportedly pitching a new show to the TLC Network about providing Christian counseling to victims of childhood sexual abuse. 

According to Michael Stone at the Progressive Secular Humanist blog, the 19 Kids and Counting family is trying to create a spin-off show that will capitalize on a one-hour TLC special coming on Aug. 30, titled Breaking the Silence.

TLC said that Breaking the Silence is an attempt by the network to shed light on the issue of child sex abuse and that it will feature appearances by members of the Duggar clan. The special is set to run commercial-free...

TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting in spite of its high ratings after it came to light that the Duggars’ eldest son Josh had molested his sisters and another girl as a teen. Rather than turn Josh in to authorities and let him face the consequences, the family handed him over to a clergyman’s care and never sought treatment for their daughters.

This mishandling of the abuse and the family’s attempts to hide it from the public were more than TLC was willing to countenance and the network wisely canceled the show.

A source close to the Duggars told Star magazine that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are desperate to keep some form of reality TV revenue coming in to support their outsized brood.

“The family can’t afford to not have the show — it is their main source of income, and with a family of that size, without it they’re in enormous trouble,” said the family friend. “They know they have to at least pretend to be sorry about what happened, and now they want a spin-off where Jim Bob and Michelle would give advice to abuse victims—even though they’re in denial about their culpability in Josh’s crimes.”
Breaking the Silence is scheduled to air on August 30th on TLC.

These attempts to create a spin-off show were made WAY MORE AWKWARD by today's revelation that Josh Duggar was one of the people outed by computer hackers as a client of Ashley Madison, a website that helps married people cheat on their spouses. It seems that Josh Duggar had two paid Ashley Madison subscriptions between 2013 and May 2015:
But data released online in the wake of the hack on Ashley Madison’s servers certainly seems to show otherwise. Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary—a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child—paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.
In July 2014*, he seems to have started a second account that was linked to his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he spent his time lobbying against causes like same-sex marriage. The birthday listed in the data for Duggar’s first account is February 3, 1988, one month off Duggar’s actual birthday of March 3, 1988. The birthday listed for the second account is March 2, 1988.
The two accounts overlap by a period of a few months. When he launched the second account, Duggar paid an initial fee of $250 that appears to have gone toward the purchase of an “affair guarantee.”
Head over to Gawker to catch a glimpse of Duggar's alleged turn-ons and to see which sex acts he was hoping to encounter with his Ashley Madison hook-ups.

I haven't seen any response yet from any of the Duggars about this latest revelation.

However, People just posted an article earlier today expressing that the Duggar family is "still stunned" that the public hasn't gotten over our collective disgust over these family sex abuse scandals. I'm sure Josh's latest scandal won't help us move on...

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