One of the big things people don’t like about Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard is that despite being on a big TV show for years, they still beg their fans for money.
That and all the bigotry, those are the two big things.
It’s just always been so bizarre, because you’d think that the money they made from the show would be more than enough to support them and all their endeavors, at least for a little while longer.
If nothing else, Jim Bob owns a fleet of private planes, it seems like he could give them a hand if they were struggling that much.
But regardless of what you’d think or how things seem, the fact remains that there have been several occasions when the Dillards reached out to their supporters for some cash assistance.
And that’s weird.
After getting lots and lots of criticism for all their GoFundMe stunts over the years, and after failing to convince people that they’re just regular missionaries and that’s how things are done, they’ve given up with the fundraisers, for now, anyway.
However, Derick did get the family fired from reality television, so you have to make ends somehow, you know?
Well, it looks like they’ve come up with a new plan!
There’s this foundation called The Tuttle Twins, and they release books for children about things like politics and history — books that the Duggars would enjoy.
As the foundation explains on its website, “Each year, hundreds of millions of children are spoon-fed false history, bad economics, and logical fallacies. Your child is not immune.”
They say their books are a way for parents to “inoculate their children against this trend to help them really grasp the importance of freedom and free markets.”
So we’re sure the books are fine and correct and not at all terrifying.
Anyway, The Tuttle Twins is holding this contest on their Facebook page where you share a picture of your kid with one of their books, and if your picture gets the most likes and shares, you win a cash prize of $350.
You can see where this is going, right?
Jill, who had to know that she has a massively unfair advantage with this kind of thing, entered the contest with this picture of Israel, and just to make sure she gets all those likes, she made sure she was in the photo, too.
So far, Jill has far more likes than anyone else in the contest, and there’s really no way that she won’t win.
It’s really a shame.
There are plenty of families who could legitimately use $350, and for Jill to take that opportunity away from those people is just sad.
And lots of people seem to agree.
“Completely unfair that this picture was allowed,” one person commented on the photo. “Until recently Jill Duggar Dillard has appeared on TLC for many years. Shame on her for using her celebrity to win a contest with money as a prize.”
Another person wrote that she shouldn’t be eligible for the contest because “no one stands a chance against her and that’s really not OK.”
“Jill Duggar is using her fame as a public figure to garner more votes for her son, which is NOT fair to all the other entrants who don’t have their names and faces plastered all over the place,” yet another Duggar critic wrote.
“Jill should withdraw her entry, and she should be disqualified.”
She should, but she won’t — instead, she’s been posting the link to the photo on her Twitter and Instagram accounts and asking everyone to “help Israel win!”
The foundation won’t intervene either, because as they explained to their many outraged followers, “We are not going to disqualify somebody merely because they have a larger social network.”
Subtext: “we are not going to disqualify somebody merely because they have a larger social network because this mess is getting us a whole lot attention and we are living for it.”
Hope Jill does something neat with that cash prize!