Nothing gets me going on a Wednesday morning quite like a throwback video of the Duggars. The controversial family has been gracing our television screens for more than a decade, but there was one episode of 19 Kids and Counting, in particular, that I just can’t seem to shake. Back in 2014, the TLC stars flew to Japan and dressed as geishas, Japanese women trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song. Watch the video above to take a walk down memory lane!
Needless to say, people found the episode to be totally offensive, and to this day, many still comment on the YouTube clip. One person wrote, “This is so problematic omg,” and another added, “Does this family know what a geisha is?” A third chimed in, “Did they really dress up like… noooo.”
Of course, the famous family is no stranger to controversy. They abide by a long list of strict rules that includes no dancing, no hanging out with unwed mothers, and no wearing pants. For the women, that is. These days, however, many of them have been breaking free from Jim Bob‘s tight reign. Jinger, Jill, Joy-Anna, and yes, even Michelle! have been spotted wearing pants. Not to mention, Jill has a tattoo and a nose ring. Gasp!
The kids do still take their parents’ courtship rules seriously, though. In fact, John David and Abbie Grace Burnett just announced their engagement after one month of courting! Unfortunately, while the system seems to be working well for most of the kiddos, John’s twin sister, Jana, is patiently waiting for her prince… or princess… to come.
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