The Duggars have a reputation for being pretty honest, godly people — but that doesn't mean they're strangers to controversy. In fact, they're actually surrounded by it, whether it's conspiracy theories surrounding a "disowned" daughter, inappropriate requests for money from their fans, or "training" their kids to do household chores at the young age of two. And though Derick Dillard isn't a Duggar himself, he married into the family — and is just as prone to finding himself in hot water. Most of the time, that comes from rubbing fans the wrong way on his Twitter or Instagram. He seemingly just can't keep his mouth shut — or his fingers off the keyboard.
Like when Derick Dillard went after Jazz Jennings.
The attack came seemingly out of nowhere, and surprised fans since both he and Jazz are stars of shows on TLC. We're not sure how many people were actually surprised that he doesn't support transgender people (his and the Duggars' faith has always been, uh, "conservative" at best). But people were surprised that he was so willing to go after his own network. Does he not want that TLC check? Does he not remember how the Duggar family was briefly reduced to asking their fans for donations after 19 Kids and Counting was canceled?
He tried to retract the statement a bit after fans got mad — but he only did even more damage. "I want to be clear. I have nothing against him," he wrote, further misgendering Jazz, who, just to be clear, is a girl whether she's transgender or cisgender. "I only have issue (sic) with the words and definitions being propagated here."
On Nov. 12, it was revealed that Derick was fired from Counting On as a result of his comments, and now his wife's cousin, Amy Duggar, says fans should be "compassionate" towards him. She took to Twitter and wrote, "You might not agree with someone or their lifestyle but you SHOULD be compassionate and show God’s love regardless to everyone." Yeah... not when this dude is literally bullying a young girl online. Maybe he should have shown more compassion towards her? #JustSayin'
Or when he begged fans for money.
Derick and the rest of the Duggars have long relied on their fans' donations, especially for their ministry work. In August, they asked for money again, even though they'd just shut down Dillard Family Ministries a few weeks before — which they'd also used to ask fans for their hard-earned cash. All the requests for dollars even prompted one fan to ask, "Get a job yet?" Derick couldn't seem to stop himself from responding.
He's apparently been working his whole adult life (which, BTW, we'd just like to point out is pretty much the norm and not necessarily some grand accomplishment). But given the fact that he's working as a missionary now — and has been accused of misusing missionary funds in the past, in addition to having to issue refunds of missionary donations, we have a little trouble believing his shtick. After all, if you need to crowdfund the money it takes for you to actually do your job, it doesn't really sound like you're full-time employed.
And that time he took it upon himself to bring up his followers', uh, sexual habits.
Masturbating, that is. Apparently, according to Derick and an article he found important to share with fans, if you masturbate there's simply no room left in your life to dedicate to God. Yep, exploring your own sexual pleasure pushes out everything else. And apparently, it also makes you a bad person who sexually objectifies those around you.
Honestly, we think this is advice we just never needed to hear from anyone related to the Duggars. It's certainly no shock that they prefer to, well, abstain — but considering the fact that the Duggar women are encouraged to be sexually available to their husbands' every whim, we just don't need to hear them weigh in on this subject — and neither do their fans.
Oh, and let's not forget when he tried to shame feminists.
Derick retweeted a post basically telling women what they should be fighting for, and like, who died and made this guy the boss of all things women's rights? Homeboy needs to take a seat.
But worst of all was that infamous cat video.
This one happened all the way back in 2015, but we'll never forget it. In a video posted to his Instagram and shared on Twitter, Derick went sledding with the rest of the Duggar family. Only he didn't just slide down the hill on a cookie sheet to have some jolly holiday fun. Nope, instead he aimed his makeshift sled right at a cat just hanging out on the hillside.
Yep, he tried to run over a cat. The cat managed to escape — but everyone laughing about it makes us kind of sick to our stomachs. The fact that the reality show star did this at all is terrible. But what's worse is that he thought nothing of sharing it on social media. Um, you could've killed a cat, Derick. It's not really a laughing matter. Afterward, his family had the gall to try to defend him. "He didn't hit the cat," Jessa said in a radio interview. "The cat is fine." Not for a lack of trying, though.