It’s a strange time to be a journalist in America.
Our fragmented culture coupled with the rise of “fake news” allegations from prominent public figures has led to a widespread wariness of the press and a tendency to seek information from increasingly segregated and impenetrable social media bubbles.
But it’s not just the tiny Twitter fingers of our commander-in-chief that have vigilant reporters running scared.
They also have to worry about threats and calls to violence from far less powerful reality stars.
We’re talking about folks like Farrah Abraham, who threatened to straight-up murder a reporter this week after he leveled a very credible accusation that Farrah is working as a prostitute.
There’s no shame in sex work, folks!
But there is shame in threatening to kill someone because you don’t like what they said on the internet.
Check it out:
1. Farrah on the Spot
2. Making It Work
3. On Cam
4. Dishonest Abraham
5. Backdoor Shenanigans
When Amber Portwood was arrested for attacking Andrew Glennon earlier this month, the news didn’t come as much of a surprise.
After all, Portwood has served time in prison for domestic violence charges, and sadly, she seems to have done little to change her ways in the years since.
However, much of what we learned about the attack after the fact has come as a major shock — such as the fact that Amber was allegedly brandishing a machete during the incident!
Of course, the most surprising part of all this might be the fact that Amber still has a job with MTV.
But it looks as though that may soon change.
Take a look:
1. A Familiar Sight
2. The A-Team
3. An Ugly Pattern
4. A History of Violence
5. The Downward Spiral
6. Rock Bottom
It’s been four years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls while he was still in his teens.
The revelation of the crime — along with the fact that four of Josh’s victims were his sisters — sparked widespread outrage and calls for TLC to cut ties with the family.
At first, the boycott threats appeared to be effective.
TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting, which at the time was the bedrock of the Duggars’ media empire.
But remarkably, the family managed to make a comeback, and within a year, the entire Duggar clan — sans Josh, of course — had returned to the network that made them famous with the 19 Kids spinoff Counting On.
Most celebrities in a similar position would have been eager to sweep the entire incident under the carpet — but not the Duggars.
No, from the very start, the Duggars have made it clear that they intend to seek revenge on the legal authorities and media outlets who they feel are responsible for Josh’s sex scandal.
Josh Duggar has filed suit against Springdale, Arkansas police department for releasing information regarding the case, as well as against In Touch Weekly for being the first to publish that information.
All of his claims have been thrown out of court, and a judge recently ordered Josh to stop filing lawsuits.
But the judge did not issue a similar command to Josh’s victims.
Yes, from the very start, the Duggars have maintained a united front with regard to Josh’s sex crimes, and four of his sisters — Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, and Joy Duggar — have now filed a suit accusing In Touch of violating their privacy.
Today, those sisters scored a major legal victory when a judge threw out the opposing counsel’s motion to have their case dismissed.
While the tabloid’s coverage of the crimes never mentioned the sisters by name, the judge stated today that In Touch did publish “other identifying information,” which would make it possible for interested parties to determine the identities of four of the five victims.
“The content and circumstances of these disclosures do not just meet the standard of ‘shockingly degrading or egregiously humiliating,’ they illustrate them,” the judge wrote.
With this legal hurdle cleared, it’s now far more likely that In Touch will offer the Duggars a cash settlement.
So while the suit was not filed by Josh, it now looks as though the man who launched this scandal will finally receive the revenge he’s been seeking.
We’ll continue to update you on this developing story as more information becomes available.
It’s rare that a week goes by without Jessa Duggar getting mom-shamed for some behavior or belief that her Instagram followers don’t agree with.
But it’s just as rare for Jessa to take this much flak in the span of just a few days.
Earlier this week, Jessa was criticized for denying her daughter a pacifier.
Many of her followers felt that this was an unnecessarily cruel restriction which did not serve to benefit the child in any way.
Yes, it’s only been 8 weeks since Jessa welcomed her third child, and that’s the sort of backlash she’s forced to contend with already.
We suppose it’s not hard to see why she’s not taking it lying down.
“I always nurse my babies on demand, so she has constant access to the ‘pacifier’ God designed,” Jessa responded when a follower asked why she’s so opposed to pacifiers.
“I am her pacifier,” Jessa added.
“I prefer it that way too … Nursing isn’t only for food, but for comfort and Mama’s closeness.”
Eh … not all that wacky an explanation by Duggar standards, and “God’s pacifiers” is a hilarious way to refer to boobs, so we’ll allow it.
Besides, we have new and equally weird Jessa parenting controversies to move on to.
As you may know, the Duggars are very, very big on disciplining their children.
And this means not only are the kids punished at a young age (sometimes with such controversial techniques as “blanket training“), they also start helping out around the house at a very young age.
Which explains why Jessa’s eldest — 3-year-old Spurgeon — is already working a vacuum cleaner:
The Duggars have taken flak for their perceived unwillingness to let kids be kids, which may explain why Jessa decided to get in front of that criticism by posting a lengthy explanation for the video above:
“There’s a window of time in the toddler years where little ones become eager to help,” she wrote.
“It’s so sweet to watch their excitement as they are allowed to take part in meaningful tasks— not pretend ‘helping,’ but really doing something that helps out the whole family,” she added.
“Playing together is fun, but even the cleanup can be fun if we do it together. There’s a sense of importance and belonging and being needed.”
Jessa went on to explain that she doesn’t encourage her kids to help because it saves her time in effort — in fact, she claims the reverse is true:
“Sometimes as a mom I have to pause and remember this,” she stated.
“Yes, it may take 5x longer than if I did it myself, but they find it exciting to help out and lend a hand,” Jessa continued.
“We definitely need to encourage this and not squelch the excitement.
“My mom modeled this beautifully. ‘There’s a window of time where they’re eager to help. Capture it. Don’t squelch it.’”
Must be quite an honor for Michelle Duggar to receive such a loving tribute from her daughter.
Of course, Michelle was such a strict disciplinarian that it’s possible Jessa is still afraid of her!
In any event, you can expect the Spurgeon vacuum video to kick off a new Duggar parenting controversy sometime this afternoon.
By now, you’ve probably heard the entire sordid story of how Jenelle Evans lost custody of her kids.
The short version goes something like this:
David Eason shot and killed Jenelle’s dog in a fit of rage; the entire world freaked out because who the hell does that; CPS investigated and took the kids away to homes with fewer dog murderers.
By now, most of us are familiar with that narrative.
But this is Jenelle Evans we’re talking about, which means there might be several layers of dishonesty, fabrication, and flat-out BS in play here.
Sure, no sane person would ever pretend that their husband executed the family dog, but that doesn’t mean Jenelle would never do such a thing.
Yes, believe it or not, police now believe Evans might have made the whole thing up for publicity.
Check out the latest wild allegation against the former Teen Mom 2 star:
1. The Nugget Incident
2. Partner In Crime
4. David’s Defense
5. Not the Brightest Bulb
6. Yeah, No …
If you follow the family closely, then you’re probably aware that Duggar controversies come in all shapes and sizes.
There’s stuff like the Josh Duggar sex scandal that nearly brought down Jim Bob’s entire media empire, but mostly it’s smaller potatoes, like fans going insane because Jessa allowed her kids to wear white after Labor Day, or something.
It’s tough to say where Saga of Jana’s Alleged Gun Collection will fall on that spectrum.
On the surface, it’s got all the makings of a real brouhaha.
After all, it involves guns, the possible illicit sale of guns, and Jana Duggar — aka The Most Interesting Member of the Family By a Considerable Margin.
But on the other hand, there’s a very strong that this is a whole lot of BS, and there’s no real scandal here at all.
Allow us to explain:
The Duggars love to buy real estate, fix it up, and turn a profit by selling it for more than they paid.
Along with the truckload of money they make from their reality show and related media ventures (posting sponsored content on social media, etc.), flipping houses is one of the family’s largest and most reliable sources of income.
Jana long ago earned a reputation as the most business-savvy and multi-talented of the Duggars, and so it comes as no surprise that she’s taken an active role in the real estate game.
With us, so far? Good, because this is where it gets weird.
Back in April, Jana started her own company.
It’s called the Arbor Acres Group, LLC and no one’s really sure what the hell purpose it serves.
But based on the name and Jana’s interest in real estate and renovations, it’s widely assumed she’ll be using the corporation to buy and sell houses.
Now, what does all of this have to do with Jana smuggling entire arsenals like some evangelical Oliver North?
We’re getting to it! Stop being so pushy, hypothetical reader!
You see, last year Michelle and Jim Bob brought up a massive 2.7 acre home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
It was one of their biggest buys in a while, and like many of Jim Bob’s real estate deals, it stirred up considerable controversy among his new neighbors.
Turns out your typical Arkansas resident would prefer that his home not wind up on reality TV every week. Who knew!
The situation led to speculation that Jana’s company was basically a shell corporation that would take some of the heat off of Jim Bob’s wheelings and dealings.
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for — the guns.
After more than a year of renovations (presumably spearheaded by Jana), the Siloam Springs mansion is finally listed online.
And as the eagle-eyed folks at Radar Online noticed, the property appears to be home to quite a few firearms.
This has led some to conclude that Jana has broken bad and is officially moving large quantities of weaponry on the black market.
She’s been working on this house for over a year! these dummies argue. Why would the guns still be on the shelves … unless they come with the house!
Sadly, it appears that what’s really happening here is much more boring.
It seems to us that the Duggars left the guns there in order to demonstrate the intended use for the room.
So while this isn’t the Duggars’ first gun-related controversy and it likely won’t be their last, it looks to us like there’s not much to be concerned about here
Jim Bob and company own a lot of weapons, and they’re probably ready to blow some heathen heads off once the Rapture hits the fan.
But none of that has anything to do with this — which appears to be nothing more than the Arkansas equivalent of putting some prop spices on a spice rack.