Duggars Hide Joy-Anna’s Baby Bump, Put Josh on Display in Bizarre Christmas Photo

It’s no surprise that the Duggar family loves Christmas.

Of course, they don’t celebrate the holiday the way that most Americans do.

As with just about everything else they do, the Duggars keep the focus on their religious beliefs, eschewing customary traditions and designing their festivities as a “birthday party for Jesus.”

But while they’ve been vocal in their criticism of the consumerism that they feel distracts from the religious significance of the season, the Duggars allow for some traditional celebrations.

They exchange gifts, enjoy a big family meal, and pose for an annual Christmas photo.

Of course, that last part doesn’t necessarily take place during the Christmas season.

As you can see in the photo below, it looks as though the Duggars posed for their yearly pic in the warmer months.

Aside from the weather, there are other indications that the photo is not a very recent one.

Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed a fifth child back in September, and as many fans have pointed out, the baby is nowhere to be seen in this year’s Christmas photo.

Of course, most of the fans who posted Josh-related comments were less concerned about the absence of his youngest child and more angry with the fact that he was included in the photo at all.

In the immediate wake of the Josh Duggar sex scandals, the disgraced former lobbyist was seldom seen on his family’s social media pages.

These days, he makes frequent appearances on the Duggar’s official Facebook, and many are concerned that that’s a sign of what’s to come.

But not everyone who dissected the movie under a magnifying glass took issue with the inclusion of Josh.

No, some focused on Joy-Anna Duggar and the way she’s positioned in the shot.

As you’ve likely heard by now Joy-Anna is pregnant with her first child, and there’s some debate as to how far along she is.

Joy says she got pregnant on her honeymoon, but many believe she actually got knocked up prior to marrying Austin Forsyth back in May.

If that’s the case, it would mean that Joy and Austin violated the Duggar’s famous rules of courtship.

The family’s efforts to remove Joy from the public eye and hide her baby bump in photos has only fueled speculation that the 20-year-old newlywed is misleading fans.

And then there’s the matter of Derick Dillard.

Dillard was recently fired by TLC after launching a homophoboic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

Many feel that Derick should be removed not only from the show, but from all Duggar-related media.

Clearly, the Duggars themselves disagree.

Yes, these days the Duggars can’t even post a Christmas photo without sparking numerous debates on social media.

It’s all in a day’s work for the ultra-conservative clan.

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Joe Jackson Posts Bizarre Video Message to Blanket Jackson

It's been a tumultuous few weeks in the life of Blanket Jackson.

The youngest son of Michael Jackson lost his primary guardian when his grandmother, Katherine Jackson, declared that she was physically unable to continue caring for him.

Fortunately, the situation was resolved quickly, and Blanket is currently under the care of his uncle T.J. Jackson.

But fans and loved ones remain concerned for the 15-year-old whose young life has sadly been characterized by tragedy and instability.

One of the concerned parties is Blanket's controversial grandfather, Joe Jackson.

Joe typically keeps a low profile these days, but he emerged on Twitter last night to post a photo of Blanket, as well as a video message for his grandson.

“Hello, Blanket! This is Joe Jackson,” the 89-year-old says in the clip below.

“Your health is… I don’t know what. You’re like your father. Now I understand why your father had you wear masks all the time ’cause news people was bothering him so much."

Jackson adds:

"I want you to stay healthy and stay off those bikes. Don’t ride, now. But anyway, tell your brothers I said hello and stay clean and healthy."

That portion of the video left some fans confused, as it was Prince Jackson who suffered a motorcycle accident last week, and his Blanket has only one brother and one sister, Paris Jackson.

Obviously, Joe can be forgiven for being a bit disoriented as he approaches the age of 90.

But while Jackson doesn't seem to be particularly worried in the clip, his remarks about Blanket's health have prompted concern amongst fans.

Watch Joe's video message below:

Joe jackson posts bizarre video message to blanket jackson

Amber Portwood Reveals Bizarre, Troubling Details of Her Pregnancy

Amber Portwood is really, truly pregnant with her second child

It looks like we’re really doing this thing.

The whole thing is just so confusing, because Amber’s always made it clear that she didn’t plan on having more children.

She’s said that the medication she takes for her mental illnesses would make it impossible for her to have a healthy pregnancy, because of the side effects the fetus would suffer.

And also because it simply wouldn’t be a good idea for her to be off those meds for nine months.

On top of that, she said all the way back on her 16 and Pregnant episode that she never planned on being a mother at all, so there’s that.

But at this point, it doesn’t really matter what she said or what she planned on, because she’s pregnant with this dude she’s only known for a few months and that’s just the way it is.

Like we said, we’re really doing this thing.

In a new interview with Us Weekly, Amber gives all sorts of details about her pregnancy: how far along she is, what she’s been craving, how father-to-be Andrew Glennon is dealing with it all.

She even addresses the issue of her medication — turns out she just stopped taking it a few months ago.

To be more specific, she stopped taking it a few months ago when she broke up with Matt Baier, to see if her issues stemmed from mental illness or being so closely involved with a great big douchebag.

“I wanted to see if I was just unhappy because of the things that were going on in my life,” she explains. “I needed to see where I was in my head and it’s a beautiful thing because I just feel better.”

“I feel happier and not so depressed.”

It’s worth mentioning that Amber’s said she suffers from borderline personality disorder and that she’s also bipolar — it’s not exactly a situation in which she may have felt depressed because of a bad relationship.

It’s also notable that with this timeline, she stopped taking her meds right around the same time that she started posting those truly bizarre Instagram videos in the middle of the night.

But sure, this is fine. This is all fine.

Amber admits that “When I first found out I was a little scared,” which is obviously totally natural.

“I don’t know what to expect,” she adds. “Having a new baby is new likes, new wants, new needs, so it’s very nerve-racking.”

About telling her family, she says “I was nervous. Obviously it’s non-traditional. Usually parents want you to be married first and things like that.”

“But you know me, if I didn’t do things the way I did, I wouldn’t be me.”

Too true.

As for Andrew, he of the multiple restraining orders, Amber says that he’s “very excited” and that he’s “already thinking about the future.”

“He’s already talking about reading baby books,” she says.

He’s not reading them yet, but he is talking about reading them. So.

“I’m very blessed,” she says, “and just happy that we’re starting this journey together, and can’t wait to see where we’ll be in a year, so I’m very excited.”

She’s two months along right now, so in a year she and Andrew will have about a five-month-old baby. How weird is that?

Speaking of weird things, Amber is already having some pretty wacky cravings: for example, she’s been eating sandwiches containing peanut butter, cheese, crackers, and pickles.

“Some people are probably going to be like, ‘ewww,'” she acknowledges. “But when I first found out I was pregnant, I really had a craving for that.”

“My brother made it up when we were young. It’s probably the weirdest craving I’ve had. That and chocolate milk.”

But don’t think she’s out there in Indiana, shoveling peanut butter, cheese, and pickle sandwiches in her mouth — she says that “Andrew is very adamant on making sure that I’m eating nothing but fruits, veggies, meats and organic foods.”

Sure, eating healthy foods is a great thing to do, especially during pregnancy, but when you combine that controlling little tidbit with the rest of Andrew’s history, it sounds a little like a red flag, right?

Not that it matters. Amber’s in way too deep now to run.

On a sweeter note, she says that while she’ll be “happy with whatever,” she’s hoping for a boy this time around — and so is her daughter, Leah.

“But I swear, to me, it’s a joy having a baby at all,” she adds.

We really, really hope that’s the case, and that Amber turns out to be a wonderful mother this time around, happy and healthy and just 100% good.

We’re not going to hold our breath though.


Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Both Allege Drug-Fueled Violence in Bizarre Lawsuit

Yesterday, we reported that Blac Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian family, claiming that Kim and company are responsible for the cancelation of her short-lived E! reality show.

But her main target will always be her former fiance, Rob Kardashian, whom she claims was an abusive partner and a negligent father during their time together.

Now, Blac’s latest allegations against Rob are sure to do even further damage to his already badly-battered reputation.

In documents filed yesterday, Chyna claims not only that the Kards conspired to get E! to get cancel her series, she also says they exploited a painful domestic violence incident that occurred last year.

Just a few days before Christmas of 2016, police were called to the home that was then shared by Rob and Chyna.

Both parties offered conflicting versions of what had transpired, but multiple witnesses (uncluding Kris Jenner’s ex Corey Gamble) affiemed that it was Blac who attacked Rob, not the other way around, as she claimed.

Now, Blac is making sure the incident is addressed in her latest lawsuit, but it seems the Kardashians have no interest in backing down.

In yesterday’s scathing filing, lawyers for Blac (real name Angela White) offer a harrowing account of the violent encounter between Chyna and Rob:

“When Ms. White told defendant Rob Kardashian that he could not speak like that in front of her son, he claimed, ‘I can say whatever the f–k I want,'” read documents obtained by Radar Online.

“Ms. White then used her phone to call King’s father, Tyga, when Rob Kardashian immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground.”

According to the filing, Chyna then attempted to hide in her bedroom, but “Rob Kardashian lost all control and tore the hinge’s off Ms. White’s door.”

Once inside the room, Rob allegedly “ransacked” Chyna’s closets and “threw her belongings into disarray.”

“Rob Kardashian’s domestic abuse of Ms. White was a truly terrifying experience,” Blac’s lawyers write.

“Ms. White suffered pain and difficulty walking for days as a result of Rob Kardashian violently knocking her to the ground.”

The suit goes on to allege that Rob frequently threatened to commit suicide as a means of manipulating Chyna.

Despite the damning allegations, however, it looks as though the Kardashians have no interest in settling out of court.

The family remains steadfast in its assertion that Blac was the instigator, and Kris Jenner is reportedly planning a countersuit.

“We have witness statements and other evidence which will demonstrate conclusively that it is Chyna — not Rob — who is the violent and aggressive abuser,” says Kardashian lawyer Shawn Holley.

When told about Holley’s remarks, Chyna’s attorney Lisa Bloom remarked, “There’s no excuse for domestic violence.”

We’ll have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.


Harvey Weinstein Quotes Jay Z, Threatens NRA in Bizarre, Rambling “Apology”

Well… this is one way to deal with sexual harassment allegations.

On Thursday afternoon, The New York Times published a bombshell article in which it quoted multiple women who claimed Harvey Weinstein took advantage of them in various inappropriate ways.

According to this report, the veteran film producer has settled eight separate sexual misconduct claims over the years.

Ashley Judd is among the women who have issued complaints against Weinstein.

She’s now on record as saying Weinstein answered his hotel room door in 1997, while Judd was shooting the movie Kiss the Girls, and asked if he could either massage her or if she would watch him take a shower.

We know, right? EWWWWW.

In response to this multitude of claims against him, Weinstein basically acknowledged his many decades’ worth of lewd behavior.

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he said, adding at the time:

“Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Fair enough, we guess.

What else could he really say in the face of these allegations?

We now have the answer.

In a follow-up statement, clearly written without the help of a publicist, Weinstein opened by blaming the era in which he started his career for how he acted toward the opposite sex.

“I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” the producer said.

“I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.”

Okay, fine. 

If Weinstein had stopped there, we wouldn’t even be writing this right now.

But he didn’t stop there.

“Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment,” he added.

“My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people.

“I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women and regret what happened.”

For the record, Lisa Bloom is a lawyer who specializes in representing celebrities seeking some kind of payday.

She sat alongside Blac Chyna this summer, for example, during her revenge porn case against Rob Kardashian.

It’s unclear how she has been acting as a “tutor” to Weinstein.

Weinstein then wrote this:

Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.”

The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it.

For the record: Jay Z did not rap these words.

What he did rap was this:

“And if my children knew/I don’t even know what I would do/If they ain’t look at me the same/I would prob’ly die with all the shame.”

From there, Weinstein – inspired, we suppose, by this week’s Las Vegas shooting – turned his attention to… the National Rifle Assocation?


“I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party.

“I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party.”

Finally, after touting his progressive bona fides in this manner, Weinstein wrapped it up.

“One year ago, I began organizing a $ 5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC,” he wrote, concluding:

“While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.”

We’ve got a feeling it’s way too late for that.

Mrs. Weinstein is likely quite disappointed in her son already.


Jill Duggar: SLAMMED By Fans For Posting Bizarre Photo of Son

Jill Duggar is no stranger to criticism.

The first Duggar daughter to get married and start a family of her own, Jill has taken considerable flak for the unortohodox fashion in which she and her husband, Derick Dillard, have chosen to raise their children.

Much of the uproar surrounds the missionary work that Jill and Derick have performed in El Salvador.

It seems like a strange source of controversy — after all, who could get upset about a young couple helping the less fortunate? — but Jill and Derick weren’t entirely truthful about their time in Central America, and their deceptions may have put many at risk, including their own children.

Jill and Derick were never licensed missionaries, which means they were never trained for life in an impoverished village.

Taking young children along on such an excursion is risky under any circumstances, but it’s especially dangerous without proper training.

Add to that the fact that Jill and Derick ignored Zika virus warnings and got pregnant with their second child shortly after returning o the States, and it’s not hard to see why fans often call the young couple’s responsibility into question.

The latest controversial move by Jill and Derick pales in comprison to their actions in Central America, but nonetheless, it’s being taken by many as evidence that the young parents are in over their heads.

It has to do with the seeming innocuous photo above.

Jill posted it to her Instagram page over the weekend, with a caption reading: 

“We had such a great time at our friend’s place the other day @farmlandadventures Thanks for having us out!”

In other posts, Jill indicated that the children enjyed a petting zoo, a hay ride, and a walk through a corn maze.

And how could anyone take issue with such an innocent day of family fun?

Well, believe it or not, the complaints have to do with the tortilla in young Israel’s hand.

It seems on-lookers who witnessed the Dillard’s family day noticed that the tortilla was frequently placed on baby Samuel’s head, presumably in order to pervent sunburn.

Upon hearing this, some fans criticized Jill for forcing her son to wear food on his head instead of a hat, while others applauded her for improvising.

“No, you can’t find a baby hat on a farm but you can use common sense and be prepared. When you take 2 babies out for the day in the open when it’s obviously very warm and sunny, you pack hats hats and sunscreen, warm clothes in case the weather turns, even if you don’t end up needing them,” wrote one irate fan.

“Sorry but a tortilla? Really? Imagine how hot that would get, his head would be fried.

Another pointed out that this is far from the first instance in which Jill has demonstrated questionable parenting habits:

“She also thinks that feeding a growing and active toddler cold tomato sauce right out of the can is appropriate. There are pictures of that, too – not just one time but at least on two separate occasions,” the commenter wrote.

“That’s why I said she’s not the brightest bulb. She thinks that people won’t notice abuse and neglect – or she thinks that because she’s a DUGGAR!”

Far be it for us to defend Jill, as we agree that some made some highly dubious decisions in the years since she became a mom, but this situation seems more than a bit overblown.

Folks, let’s save our torilla related outrage for the times when they fall apart, spilling the contents of out Cheesy Gorditas into our laps.

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