When an Instagram troll came for Derick Dillard‘s kid, he had the perfect clap back. Though the former Counting On star is used to getting plenty of hate, it’s rare that his kids face much — and even when they do, it’s usually about his or Jill Duggar‘s occasionally questionable parenting skills. But this time, the hater took aim at little Israel. And what they had to say was far from OK.
When Derick, 30, posted an Instagram album of photos of the family celebrating the 4th of July, the commenter chimed in with, “Your oldest son looks gay.” The criticism came pretty much out of nowhere — and, honestly, it doesn’t even really make sense. Luckily, the father of two knew just how to shut the hater down. “And what does a gay person look like??” he fired back.
In the past, Derick has had a, uh, fraught relationship with the gay community. His transphobic attacks against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings are well known, but he also went after Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, a gay couple who are on another TLC show called Nate & Jeremiah by Design. “What a travesty of family,” he tweeted in April 2018. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”
This time, however, it seems like he found just the right words. In the comments, another fan seemingly backed Derick up — but with a caveat. “The original comment is … inaccurate since there is no way to ‘look gay’ unless you’re going based off of harmful stereotypes,” they wrote. “Nevertheless, implying looking gay would be horrible is a terrible thing to say.” Others agreed, but ultimately it came down to one simple comment, “Can we all stop giving into the term ‘gay’ as an insult?”
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