• Wed, Sep 19 2012

I’m Getting Tired Of The Duggars’ Self-Congratulatory Circle Jerk

The Duggars 19 Kids and Counting Michelle Duggar Jim Bob Joplin MO fundraiser Mother's Day JillYou would think that in a family of 21 people, there would be more variety, but nothing new happens each week on 19 Kids and CountingThe revelation I reached in last week’s recap holds true here: When there isn’t a miscarriage dominating the season, the Duggars are downright mundane. And now I’ve realized something even worse: They’re really self-involved!

Take, for instance, “Smile and Say, Duggars!” Michelle takes several of the girls to a Mother’s Day fundraiser in Joplin, MO, to raise money to help victims of the 2011 tornado. OK, that sounds charitable enough… But why set the fundraiser on Mother’s Day? It seems so orchestrated, because next thing we know Michelle is being honored for rising above and beyond the call of duty for a mother. Look, unless she carried Joplin residents out of their houses when the tornado struck, I don’t know why she’s getting some special recognition.

It’s not even as if the other female attendees who also gave birth are getting special attention. Instead, everyone holds court around Michelle, talking about what an inspiration she is. I’m sorry, but this is the woman who pops out kid after kid to please the Lord/her husband rather than because she actually wants to mother them. More often than not, you see her daughters carrying or holding the hands of the younger ones while Michelle is talking to the camera or orchestrating the latest contrived Duggar outing.

I wish these episodes were online, because I could just embed a video and you could watch the ridiculousness for yourself. Thank God for the Free Jinger forums; looking through the discussion on last night’s episode, I remembered that Michelle at one point legitimately says that the fundraiser is a blessed event because people get to be near the Duggars. Like the poster on this thread says, the Duggars aren’t even pretending like they don’t think they’re celebrities anymore. Remember how not surprised they were a few episodes ago when that random woman wanted to get a photo with them? I couldn’t quite put my finger on their reaction when the woman asked Kirk Cameron to take the photo without realizing who he was… Now I realize that the look on Jim Bob‘s face was smugness. Careful, Jim Bob, the Bible doesn’t like pride.

Worst of all, the kids don’t seem to recognize how much attention their family is hogging, and how bad this is. At the Joplin fundraiser, Jill tells the camera, “It’s not really about us, but how can we bless the lives of people whose lives have been drastically changed.” Except that they made the entire fundraiser about them! The Duggars must legitimately think they’re God’s gift to the world.

And then we end the episode with the Duggars wrangling their huge clan to take a family portrait and individual shots. The only cute moment was when the crew member got his own photo, because he’s more a part of the family than some of the younguns.

Photo: DuggarFamily.com

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  • JoMo girl

    It was a tornado, not a hurricane. Joplin, Missouri is in the middle of the country, landlocked. There is absolutely no way a hurricane could have hit Joplin, Missouri. If you are going to voice a complaint, at least get your facts correct.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041690054 Natalie Zutter

      I’m really sorry–I could’ve sworn they said “hurricane” in the episode. I meant no disrespect, and you’re right, I should’ve done a quick Google search to verify that it was a tornado before publishing.

    • Sola

      Shut up, asswipe…

  • Exotic-Familiarity

    AWESOME post, I highly agree with everything said there!

  • Mom

    If you all don’t like the Duggars then don’t watch!!! And the language you use here in the comment section. You can’t restrain yourself in public :(

    • A.Roddy

      The Duggars put themselves on TV so they should expect negativity. Why don’t they show single, childless,non-religious people doing good things?

  • Poster

    Just a note: This entire season is on Youtube. The same guy uploads them every tuesday night, within a few hours of them airing. Just type in S10E01 or whatever episode number. Enjoy (-:

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.vdk Vanessa Strobel

    If you don’t like it then don’t watch. There are plenty who do like it and don’t criticize.

  • obamaisacommie

    the writer must be a bigtime marxist. It’s okay to watch “jersey shore”, kardashians or President Obama, but not the duggars.

  • ruth brown

    tlc should take the duggars off air we are fed up with them

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.morgan.79025 Carol Morgan

    So true. and it’s only getting worse. I liked them when they first appeared. Now I’m waiting for them to go off. Okay I watched the first overseas trip where they took a sick baby and dragged her all over, I forget where, was it Europe? Now they spent several episodes on a China trip which ok I think we’ve seen enough Duggar trips I think we know what to expect so I skipped those and now last night the Duggar daughter in law throws an I’m expecting theme party. ok . Guess the theme from the food? So the new Duggar breeder is expecting a third kid in about as many years, is this a surprise? Do we need a party for this? I did notice that Meemaw Duggar ignored the grandbaby in the new breeder’s arms when she arrived. Isn’t Grandma supposed to coo and ooh over grandbaby upon entering? No, a baby is cheap to grandma Michelle because they’re everywhere, nothing new, nothing special. I loved this show at first but that was before I realized the breeding would never stop. I had assumed their would be sanity here when I first started watching. but NOT. Self-absorbed Jesus Freaks.

  • duggarfan

    Why is everybody criticizing them? Everybody thinks they know all about the duggars. BUT your wrong because they don’t film them all the time the show dos’nt show their whole lives the older duggars aren’t always at home. they aren’t always helping take care of the younger ones and whats wrong with helping take care of them? I have two younger siblings under the age of 4 and my mother need help sometimes and she has more kids so of course she needs help she cant do it all by herself. and you guys are like then she needs to stop having kids but its her choice and she is a wonderful mother who loves the Lord and is raising a wonderfull bunch of chidren so if anyone is to have that many children im glad its her