Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: Ties to Child Abuse Scandal Exposed

It looks like another scandal is rearing its ugly head for the Duggars, and this one could have lasting and far-reaching consequences for the entire family.

Newlyweds Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have been linked to a couple with some very extreme views on the use of physical discipline to raise children.

Austin works for his parents, who are proprietors of the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center.

And it seems that the facility will be hosting two highly controversial guests later this year.

According to its website, Fort Rock will feature appearances by Michael and Debi Pearl in June, and again in October.

The couple travels the country offering seminars on child-rearing, and their critics accuse them of encouraging abuse.

The Pearls advise their followers to strike children as young as 6 months old with switches in order to foster a disciplinary environment.

They go into great detail regarding the materials and dimensions of said switches, advising parents to hit their children with a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line.

In cases in which plumbing line is not available, the Pearls offer alternatives that are also less likely to cause visible bruising and scarring.

In 2011, the Pearls’ controversial book To Train Up A Child was found in the homes of three separate victims who died from child abuse.

For obvious reasons, Duggar fans are not thrilled that Joy-Anna, who’s currently pregnant with her first child, has been tied to the Pearls and their controversial teachings.

But it doesn’t look like her in-laws will be removing the Pearls from their appearance schedule anytime soon.

“Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries are nationally renowned ‘practical family-living’ teachers and authors of books such as To Train Up a Child, Created to Be His Help-Meet, and Jumping Ship,” reads a description on the Fort Rock website.

“This dynamic couple has dedicated their lives to educating families on basic principals of cultivating Godly relationships within the family so that their relationships with God and others can be infinitely more fruitful.”

When Joy-Anna and Austin got married back in May of 2017, little was known about his family, but insiders claimed the Forsyths were every bit as extreme in their views as the Duggars.

Now, it looks as though that may have been a massive understatement,

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Coco Austin Slammed For Claiming She Made Big Butts Mainstream

As you’re probably aware, Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin is no stranger to butt pics. Her derriere is … how should we put this? Large and in charge. She gets shamed for it sometimes, but she always knows how to clap back.

This time, though, she’s taking some heavy criticism for talking about her butt.

Because Coco Austin is giving herself credit for making big butts “trendy” and it is not going over well.

On Sunday, Coco Austin posted to Instagram:

“I would like to shed light to almost 21 years of modeling ..”

Sometimes, when you’re writing a long post to Instagram, you might come across as a non-native speaker. That can happen to anybody who’s writing quickly.

“I don’t post much about it & new followers don’t even know I had a career in modeling they just see a wife, mother, and someone that was on reality tv but just like every actor, singer, rapper, entertainer I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

We really do first and foremost think of her as a mom and reality star (though we’ve very aware of her modeling history).

“I feel people should know it wasn’t easy..I helped pave the way for thick girls during the skinny genre (during the Kate Moss days what they call the waif era) to be noticed as beautiful..”

There’s nothing wrong with slender or skinny models, and Coco isn’t suggesting that there is. There is something wrong with portraying only one body type as attractive.

“This was back before social media when magazines were popping, back before KimK, Nicki Minaj..( I mention them because young people see pop culture as the history makers but they need to know it started somewhere before them, this was also back before the plastic surgery craze.”

Well … plastic surgery was still very much a thing. The procedures favored were just different.

Coco gives a shoutout to a number of curvy trendsetters.

“During my time it was pretty much Jlo that was making waves with the derriere phenomenon and Cindy Margolos was a popular bikini model and Buffie the Body was a popular urban model and of course I need to give props to Anna Nicole Smith for also seeing this vision..”

She summarizes what it was like, working with her body type as a model:

“To have booty it was considered to be fat in the modeling world.”

Coco believes that she had an impact:

“But I helped changed the minds of what booty was.”

“Today its a normal thing to see all different shapes & sizes, no one even thinks about it anymore.”

While curvy bodies are becoming more normalized, one need look no further than the comments section of … almost anything … to see that our culture has a long way to go before people really stop giving a second thought to different body shapes and sizes.

But she’s right in that larger butts are totally accepted without question, and often even preferred, in certain roles today when they would have stood out in decades past.

And Coco believes that she was part of that change.

“I helped history in someway.I don’t want to toss it aside like it was nothing.I’d like to think some of my modeling was meaningful.”

In other words, modeling wasn’t just something that she did until she met her husband. It was a real career and she was part of that world.

“Thank you for all years of support .Power to the booty and strong healthy women!”

It’s a nice message, but she got criticism on two fronts. One was accusations that her body only comes from plastic surgery. The other, well, on racial grounds.

One commenter wrote: “Sis, you paved the way for white women to get plastic surgery. But as for the minorities Melyssa Ford, J.Lo, etc. they paved the way for REAL thick women. Let’s get that straight. Stop trying to take the shine away from MLK Day #next.”

Another wrote: “You could’ve just posted your thirst trap…no need for a fake history book as a caption.”

And another wrote: “Stop trying take credit for things that y’all never had until injections . My race women was born with curves y’all was the ones who had bulimia.”

Coco Austin has addressed backlash before, and now she’s doing it again:

“Update to post!!! This was posted Sunday 1/14 & ALL comments were positive until race was brought up today.”

Race and context are both important. As someone whose immediate family isn’t white, we hope that Coco understands that.

“Let me remind you 20 years ago there were not a lot of white girls w/ thick bodies in the modeling game. They didn’t consider my body type as the standard therefore It was harder to work in the industry.”

So she’s sort of doubling down on having had an impact … but at the same time, trying to clarify that she’s not trying to take credit for black women.

“I was one of the 1st white models to break the mold & go mainstream with my body type and to let people know its OK to be curvy in the modeling world.”

It sounds like she wishes that her first post had made that clearer.

“Today curvy is the norm but when I first started out it wasn’t. Yesterday I felt I explained this thoroughly but I see some of you needed more details”

Disagree with Coco’s claiming her place in modeling history if you like, but we think that she deserves credit for actually addressing controversies and fan comments rather than ignoring everything that isn’t praise.


Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: God Says Animal Abuse is Our Right!

The Duggar family holds all sorts of believes that fall well outside of mainstream Christianity — or the rest of society, for that matter. Beliefs like Josh Duggar’s actions being the devil’s fault or that men own women already put them at odds with much of the world.

So when Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar got slammed for what critics said was an endorsement of animal-abuse, it’s not surprising that the couple disagreed.

But the couple is defending themselves by arguing that, actually, God says it’s totally okay!

So, have you ever seen a rodeo show? You may have at least glimpsed part of one.

There are a lot of cable channels out there, and some of them have events that you wouldn’t think existed outside of oldtimey movies and Westworld.

Rodeo shows, in which young cattle are released in a frenzy only to be pursued, knocked to the ground, and forcibly have all of their limbs tied together while they panic, are often criticized as animal cruelty.

Well, Austin and Joy-Anna Forsyth have seem one.

They didn’t just watch one on the Sin Screen or whatever the Duggars call television, but actually went to one. In person.

Which, again, sounds like something straight out of an old-timey movie.

The couple attended the Stockyards Championship Rodeo in Forth Worth, Texas. And they posted about it on social media.

And the backlash was immediate.

“The rodeo is pure animal abuse,” one commenter wrote. “So you’re anti-abortion but pro animal abuse?”

There are people who try to keep their views consistent across the board. If they oppose meat-eating because of inhumane treatment, then they can’t bring themselves to support the death penalty for the same reason.

Clearly, Austin and Joy-Anna do not fall under this umbrella.

“Not animal ‘abuse.’ And humans and animals are not equal.”

Ignoring, for the moment, their contention that roping a calf for entertainment isn’t abuse — we’d be interested to hear that argument — critics would point out two issues with their response.

One, they say “humans and animals.” What exactly do they think that humans are? Plants? Minerals?

Two, it appears that they’re saying that a zygote — a single-celled organism formed from a fertilized egg that could potentially grow into a human — is more important that a living, feeling animal that already exists.

They wouldn’t be alone in that, but … it’s a controversial stance for a number of reasons.

And the controversy continued.

Another commenter wrote:

“Humans are just intelligent apes.”

Uh-oh. We have a feeling that this argument isn’t going to work with the Forsyths.

The comment continued: “It’s incredibly arrogant of us to conclude a human life is more important than any other animal’s life just because we can verbalize our thoughts and emotions.”

Whether you agree in whole, in part, or not at all with that statement, it’s very well said.

The Forsyth’s didn’t see eye-to-eye with the commenter:

“God is no ape, and we are created in His image. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.”

Interestingly, a lot of anti-evolution arguments cite humanity being made from clay or ribs or otherwise willed into being rather than beginning with “God is no ape.”

But let’s not stray from the topic.

We wonder where Austin and Joy-Anna draw the line, with regard to what they do and do not consider abuse of a non-human animal.

Of course, we have to remember that, as a Duggar, Joy-Anna grew up in a household that is allegedly abusive. Fringe religious beliefs aside, she might have a very skewed idea simply of what’s acceptable for one human being to do to another.

That said … Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth probably had sex before marriage, so maybe there’s hope for them to grow beyond Joy’s family’s expectations.