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By now, we’re all very familiar with the very strict courting rules that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar apply to all their children.
No kissing before marriage. No public displays of affection at all. No revealing outfits. And so on and so forth.
But a new report also indicates that the couple is trying to impose a pretty simple rule on son-in-law Derick Dillard, and it goes something like this:
SHUT THE EFF UP WITH ALL YOUR HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS AND COMMENTS!
According to Radar Online, it’s not necessarily that Jim Bob and Michelle disagree with many of Dillard’s most controversial opinions…
… it’s that he voices these opinions on social media and makes everyone associated with him look terrible as a result.
“Everything that Derick has said has caused the family bad press,” says a Radar insider.
The whole Duggar family, especially the famous matriarch and patriarch, are now “pissed off” about it, this source continued.
Dillard’s run of open intolerance started about a year ago when he constantly dragged transgender reality star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.
His comments have included how bring “‘transgender is a myth,” and that “gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
Despite Jennings never really responding to these offensive remarks and always taking the high road when asked about Dillard, Derick has continued with the attacks.
In response to Jazz undergoing gender confirmation surgery, for example, Dillard blasted this procedure as a form of child abuse.
TLC fired Derick months ago for being a bigoted jerk and relatives such as Jeremy Vuolo have seemingly hurled shade in his direction as well.
Most recently, Dillard offers online praise to a baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake.
The Radar Online insider says that Dillard’s in-laws have attempted to respect the fact that Derick is married to Jill, but they have decided to confront him because “they don’t like what he is doing.”
It’s one thing to simply possess the views espoused by Dillard.
It’s another to drag his relatives down with him as he publicizes each and every one of them.
The source explains to Radar that the Duggars are concerned about “what he says and how he says it.”
And this message has possibly gotten across because Dillard has made his Twitter account private, while tampering down his most controversial of takes of late.
We have no doubt he’s still hugely homophobic, but he’s seemingly realized that it’s been causing him personal and professional distress to shout this fact from the virtual rooftops.
Maybe if he can learn that fact, he can someday learn those in the LGBT community are just regular people and that one’s sexual preference has nothing to do with what type of person one is and…
… sorry, nevermind.
There’s a better chance of Jim Bob and Michelle encouraging their kids to engage in premarital sex than there is of this happening.
Dillard married Jill Duggar on June 21, 2014.
The couple are parents to a three-year old son named Israel and a one-year old son named Samuel.
We hear that he may soon start attending law school in Arkansas, which would be an interesting move for him, huh?
Anyway, the guy is close-minded and ignorant and sucks a lot.
Anyone care to disagree?
The Duggar children are nothing if not loyal.
Sure, Jinger decided to wear pants in violation of the family dress code, and some of her sisters have followed suit.
And yes, Josiah is rebelling against certain aspects of his father's teachings, but at the end of the day, these are very minor acts of defiance.
For the most part, Michelle and Jim Bob's offspring do as their told and dedicate themselves to preserving their family's proudest traditions.
Unfortunately, as many have pointed out, by following in the footsteps of their elders, Jill, Jessa and company might be doing irreparable harm to their own children.
Here are some of the unsettling trends that fans have noticed in recent years:
1. Mama Michelle
2. Stuck In Her Ways
3. The Next Generation
4. Passing the Buck
5. Mom of the Millennium
6. Mixed Results
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Michelle Williams covers the new issue of Vanity Fair, and inside the mag, she confirms that she’s now married to indie musician Phil Elverum.
In the most candid interview of her career, Williams gushed about her new husband and revealed the impetus behind her decision to finally open up about her personal life:
“Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship,” she said.
“But Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something.
“Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.”
Williams has a daughter, 12-year-old Matilda, with the late Heath Ledger, who passed away in 2008.
“I never gave up on love. I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,’” she tells Vanity Fair.
Sadly, Elverum is no stranger to tragedy himself.
In 2016, the singer’s first wife, musical artist Geneviève Castrée, passed away from pancreatic cancer shortly after giving birth to the couple’s only daughter.
As for her decision to discuss her personal life after so many years of keeping a low profile, Williams says she felt compelled to speak out after realizing that her story might serve as a source of hope or inspiration for others who have experienced profound loss:
“I don’t really want to talk about any of it,” she says.
“But there’s that tease, that lure, that’s like, ‘What if this helps somebody?
“What if somebody who has always journeyed in this way, who has struggled as much as I struggled, and looked as much as I looked, finds something that helps them?’”
“Don’t settle. Don’t settle for something that feels like a prison, or is hard, or hurts you,” she says. “If it doesn’t feel like love, it’s not love.”
We wish Michelle and Phil all the best.
If anyone deserves happiness and companionship, it’s these two.
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