Uh oh! Jill Duggar faced backlash after sharing a photo of her son Israel posing alongside Pistol Pete, the mascot for Oklahoma State University. Some fans were upset at the former Counting On star, because they believe the mascot is a "false idol" and a bad influence.
"I am so tired of seeing Pistol Pete. He is a false idol in my opinion," one of Jill's followers wrote. "Why is this child and false idol making the 'L' shape with their fingers? That means loser! I learned that from my grandkids. What a horrible thing to teach a small child," a ticked fan chimed in. "Maybe give the kid a real thrill and take him to Disney, not to Pistol Pete WTF," another wrote. However, not everyone was upset due to their family history with the mascot.
When Israel was only two months old, Jill shared an adorable photo of her son wearing an OSU onesie. Furthermore, the school is Derick Dillard's alma mater, and Derick's dad Rick also went to college there. Rick actually was Pistol Pete for a time, so Derick later wanted to surprise his father by secretly trying out for the same role. Sadly, Rick passed away in January 2008 due to an unknown heart condition, and it was before Derick could tell him. Derick didn't land the part in April 2008, but the following spring, he tried out again and made it.
"I think it was a way for him to give something back," Derick's mom, Cathy Dillard Byrum, said during an interview with The O'Colly in 2009. "When you lose someone you think of the stuff you wish you'd said, wish you'd done, and this was a way for him to wrap that all up and give it back." It looks like the mascot still holds a special place in Jill and Derick's hearts considering her latest photo. On the plus side, some of Jill's followers thought her snap of Pistol Pete and Israel was the sweetest thing ever, so she did have some support!
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