TLC Pulls The Plug On All Listings Of ’19 Kids And Counting’ Amid Josh Duggar Molestation Scandal

Everyone remembers how quick TLC was to cancel Here Comes Honey Boo Boo when the news that “Mama June” Shannon was dating a convicted child molester hit the airwaves. Well, now that the fact that not only is Josh Duggar a child molester but that his family helped keep him from being prosecuted for his crimes has been made public, the same is happening to 19 Kids and Counting, TMZ reports. This could have something to do with Mama June’s scathing and very public blasting of the different treatment given to Honey Boo Boo vs. that of 19 Kids. 

She rightly pointed out that the man she was dating was not, nor had he ever been, a member of the Honey Boo Boo cast, while Josh Duggar is a central and very public figure on 19 Kids. Hell, he’s even been seen rubbing elbows with top Republican politicians who hope to snag the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Either way, the behavior of both Mama June and Josh Duggar is disgraceful, and TLC was right to yank both shows.

Now, while Honey Boo Boo was cancelled outright, TMZ is reporting that this isn’t the case with the Duggar show. Apparently, it’s enough of a cash cow that they don’t want to say that it will never air again (or perhaps they just have a thing for wanting to look the other way when it comes to “family values” hypocrites). The backlash is undeniable, though, so the network had to do something. A General Mills representative has already told TMZ that the company has, quote, “blacklisted” 19 Kids as far as advertising goes, and with the way this scandal is heating up, more companies are sure to follow their lead.

This is a good thing though. These people need to be exposed for what they are: A creepy Christian cult that doesn’t want to do anything but breed more than is good for anyone, spread hate and bigotry against all unlike themselves, and keep America as absolutely ignorant as they are. The thing is, though, this is what happens in these situations. When you insulate and isolate entire families for generations in cults, you have all kinds of dysfunction and even outright abuse, usually of a sexual nature, due to their bizarre and unhealthy religious attitudes regarding sex. Sexual abuse is rampant in Christian homeschooling communities. This is a pattern, as evidenced by the scandal involving Bill Gothard and the fact that he sexually harassed women and teenagers from his Institutes of Basic Life Principles ministry for more than 40 years, as well as many other such cases from similarly cult- like families and organizations.

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Americans are sick and tired of these Christian cults and their hypocrisy and abuse. The more of them that are exposed, the better.

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