Right-wing bigots are quite perturbed at the moment. You see, earlier this week, a Change.org petition was created, requesting that TLC cancel it’s popular tv show “19 Kids and Counting”. The show’s matriarch, Michelle Duggar, recorded an anti-trans robocall to fight an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in Arkansas:
“Hello, this is Michelle Duggar,” Michelle says in this recording first published by Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper. “I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children. The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men — yes, I said men — to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.”
“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?”
That robocall is a transphobic piece of shit. Trans women are not “after your children”. They want to live their lives on their own terms as the gender they experience internally. It has nothing to do with being attracted to children and Duggar has no evidence that her fear-mongering has any basis in reality.
The Change.org petition apparently forced the American Family Association (that bastion of moral, family, and anti-LGBT values) to take action. In yet another attack on LGBT people, the AFA sent out a petition reading (in part):
In the past week, homosexuals launched a very frightening and fast-growing petition asking TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting. Already, their hate-filled petition has gathered 130,000 signatures, thanks to the liberal media’s propaganda machine.
Our goal is 1,000,000 signatures by Christmas!
(as an aside, I love how right-wingers think that the media is liberal. I also find it funny that a hate-group is calling others hateful)
Not to be outdone, the religious LifeSite News created its own petition:
The Duggars need your help to save their show!
In the past few days, liberal extremists have launched a full-scale attack on the Duggars, demanding that The Learning Channel cancel the Duggars’ popular reality TV show.
Their reason? Michelle Duggar openly opposed an extreme ‘transgender’ bill in Fayetteville. The bill would have given biological males who say they are women the right to use women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other female-only facilities!
As of this writing, that petition has over 80,000 signatures, and is growing fast, with media like the Huffington Post leading the charge! We need to launch a counter-attack, letting TLC know that the American people stand by the Duggars and their defense of traditional family values.
Rather than being extreme, the Duggars represent the majority of people in state after state who have stood up for the traditional family.
The real extremists are those who are demanding that a TV network penalize America’s beloved family because they support the truth about family, which they have always expressed in a loving, compassionate fashion.
The Duggars represent a majority of what? Imma need a citation for that one.
The Duggars have always expressed the truth about family in a loving, compassionate fashion? Did these fuckers even read Michelle Duggars’ robocall? That wasn’t loving. That was hatefilled. The Duggar’s are a family of bigots. They espouse homophobia and transphobia, as well as harmful beliefs about the role of women dressed up as “sincerely held religious beliefs”. TLC doubtless wouldn’t have a show about a family of people who were anti-Asian racists or anti-Semites, but they’re cool having a show centered around an anti-LGBT couple. I guess that’s not a problem for TLC. Perhaps their “values” match those of the Duggar’s. But I digress.
LifeSite News also created it’s own #DefendtheDuggars Tweetfest! on Facebook. If they’d have paid attention to the PR debacle surrounding rapist Bill Cosby’s “Meme me!”, they might not have done that. Some of the best LGBT activists took to Twitter, co-opting the #DefendtheDuggars hashtag. Here are a few highlights:
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 22, 2014
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) November 21, 2014
#DefendtheDuggars, because calling trans people pedophiles is apparently a religious belief now, somehow.
— Queer Dalek (@Queer_Dalek) November 21, 2014
— John M. Becker (@freedom2marry) November 22, 2014
Funny, isn’t it…the bigots DO always whine and complain when progressives talk of boycotting a company, bc that is vewwy, vewwy, wrong. Except when they do it. Then it’s justified.