Joy-Anna Duggar: Giving Up on College & Career to Be a Housewife?!

If you’re a fan of the Duggar family, then you’ve likely heard by now that 19-year-old Joy-Anna is pregnant with her first child.

The news came just three months after Joy-Anna married Austin Forsyth, and it caught fans by suprise for a number of reasons.

For starters, there’s the matter of Joy-Anna’s youth.

Even by Duggar standards, 19 is awfully young to be starting a family.

On top of that, there are questions and concerns about how soon Joy-Anna got pregnant after her wedding.

When she announced that she was expecting, Joy-Anna was already visibly pregnant.

The family says she conceived on her honeymoon, but fans have been perpetuating the theory that Joy-Anna’s was a “shotgun wedding” and that she was already expecting at the time she said “I do.”

Whatever the case, insiders say Joy-Anna is thrilled about the prospect of becoming a mother.

And fans are excited for her, of course, but their enthusiasm is tempered by concerns about Joy’s future.

After all, this was the Duggar daughter who seemed most likely to break away from her designated role as professional wife and mother.

Joy-Anna was never a rebel like her sister Jinger, but there was a time when it was believed that she was being groomed to follow in her father’s footsteps, career-wise.

Jim Bob served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, and he and other family members have reportedly encouraged Joy-Anna to enter politics.

Joy-Anna interned in the Arkansas capital building last year, and many assumed it was the first step in what would likely be a successful political career.

Of course, the best step Joy could have taken after her internship would have been enrolling in college, and for the time being, it seems she has little interest in furthering her education.

As a result, articles about Joy’s pregnancy have received a mixed response from fans, with many bemoaning Joy-Anna’s apparent abandonment of her career goals.

“It’s sad when she’s only 19 and hasn’t lived her life. She doesn’t know anything else though besides [how to] be a wife and have kids,” wrote one commenter.

“Like her mother and sisters. It’s crazy how not ONE dugger [sic] wants to go to college or do something actually important with their life and have children later.”

Obviously, it’s important to remember that Joy is only 19, and she has many years ahead of her to pursue whatever career path she chooses.

And should she decide to stay at home and focus on raising her child, that’s perfectly alright, too.

We understand the frustration of Duggar aficionados who had hoped to see one of Jim Bob’s daughters break out on her own, but we have to keep in mind that true freedom means choice.

And if Joy, of her own volition, made the choice to be a stay-at-home, then those who call themselves fans should wish her well in that endeavor.

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NeNe Leakes: Shunned by Fellow Housewives! Career in Jeopardy?!

We don’t say this often, but it’s a good time to be Kim Zolciak. Because it’s a bad time to be NeNe Leakes.

As it turns out, going up on stage and telling a heckler that you hope she gets raped doesn’t make other people want to be around you. 

In fact, it sounds like NeNe’s costars are now shunning her. And that means less screen time. … Is this the end of NeNe’s career?

NeNe Leakes does stand-up, which in and of itself would be surprising but not a huge story.

We’ve heard of instances in the past of once-beloved actors tanking their careers because their stabs at stand-up lead to racist or otherwise deeply offensive rants.

It turns out that NeNe Leakes can offend and horrify with the worst of them.

After she attempted to do stand-up relating to Uber drivers and sexual assault, she was heckled. That’s not polite, but audience members often do it. It unfortunately goes with the territory of stand-up.

NeNe fixated on a single heckler, a woman, and said this:

“I ain’t even gonna tell you about the goddamn Uber driver,” NeNe responded. “I hope he rape yo’ ass tonight when he take you home, b–ch. And steal yo’ funky hello kitty, b–ch.”

That is … an inexcusably vile response.

NeNe Leakes says that she had a breakdown and, to show that she knows how serious this was, NeNe Leakes has apologized.

Apologies are so important and they’re good, but she’s an adult and she should know that it takes a lot of time and discussion for people to be okay with you.

Apologies aren’t some sort of magical incantation that rewrites history and absolves you of your wrongdoings. Nothing can do that.

For now, NeNe Leakes sobbing and begging for forgiveness is exactly the right thing to do.

It’s not fun, but not saying terrible things isn’t actually all that hard. And it’s not like this was an old video, dredged up from years ago just to make her look bad.

She brought this on herself.

RadarOnline reports that some of the rest of the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have responded to this scandal by refusing to film with NeNe Leakes.

In a lot of ways, that makes sense — sharing a screen with someone who is disgraced can tarnish your own name and brand.

This is no surprise, but the Real Housewives protest of NeNe starts with the one costar who could conceivably share screentime with NeNe without it reflecting poorly upon her.

“Kim Zolciak refuses to film with NeNe any further, so producers scrapped the all cast scene planned for last week.”

See, Kim Zolciak is feuding with NeNe. So Kim and NeNe sharing a screen and staring daggers at each other wouldn’t hurt Kim’s brand at all.

And then the hits keep coming …

“Porsha Williams is refusing to film with NeNe and is siding with Kim.”

And coming

“Sheree [Whitfield] is also siding with Kim.”

NeNe Leakes probably shouldn’t have ranted about Brielle Biermann and accused her of being racist right before saying something inescusable on stage, huh?

We have a feeling that Kim’s conscientious objection to sharing a screen with NeNe has a lot to do with the fact that this woman has been feuding with her and with her daughter.

One thing, though … it looks like NeNe is dipping her toes into the idea of playing the victim. This could backfire catastrophically for her if she does.

But some of the posts that she’s shared on social media have seemed less apologetic and more along the lines of “well, nobody’s perfect!”

That might give her diehard fans some ammunition, but it could majorly backfire for NeNe’s career.

Wishing rape upon somebody is not the hill that you want your reality career to die on.


Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: Driven Apart By Her Career?!

We know, we know–you’ve heard this one before, but bear with us.

For roughly the 47 millionth time since the couple began dating, there are rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged.

Harry and Meghan appeared at the Invictus Games in Toronto last week, and the high school cafeteria gossips who have grown up to become royal obsessives took it as a sure sign that they would be announcing their engagement at some point during the event.

To the chagrin of many, the games came and went and still no sign of commitment bling on Meghan.

Still, the consensus seems to be that Harry and Meghan are engaged, but not ready to make an announcement.

So what’s the holdup?

Well, some believe that the royals feel it would look strange for a married couple to live on separate continents.

Yes, it seems that for the time being, Meghan is planning to remain a full-time resident of Toronto.

While sources say this will be her last season on the USA Network legal drama Suits, Meghan is reportedly committed to remaining fully focused on her work until her time on the show comes to a close.

“Meghan loves playing Rachel and feels she owes so much to Suits,”   says one insider.

“But Harry can’t move to Toronto, so she’ll have to move eventually if they want to be together.”

Yes, we suppose representing one of the world’s most powerful nations on the global stage is somewhat more important than helping to fill the time between Polident commercials on basic cable.

So even though Harry’s schedule likely allows for greater travel time, he can’t just abandon his royal duties to go eat poutine and watch the Leafs battle the Habs.

(That’s a hockey reference, for you 99% of Americans who are vaguely aware it’s a sport.)

So it sounds like despite rumors that royal rules would prevent Harry and Meghan from getting hitched, secure plan is in place for Harry and Meghan to share their big news with the world.

But at this point, no ring is on the finger

Insiders say Harry and Meghan are “as good as engaged,” but that might be cold comfort for Meghan.

After all, we’re sure Prince William assured Kate Middleton that she “pretty much his fiancee” for years before he popped the question.


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