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Derick Dillard officially out from TLC for transphobic tweets

Maximilliano Onofre November 16, 2017 November 16th, 2017


TLC has officially cut ties with Derick Dillard, for his recent transphobic tweets launched at Jazz Jennings. Jennings is known for her show, I am Jazz, where she documents her transition as a teen girl.

In his tweets, Dillard misgendered Jennings, and said he pitied her.

He continued addressing Jennings, saying he was not bullying anyone (including Jennings) but that he did not agree with her TV show. In his opinion, the show was not based in reality. He further emphasized his point, saying “if I say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn’t make me so.”

Jennings did not engage with Dillard’s tweets, choosing to instead tweet something more positive on Saturday. “I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love,” said Jennings.

Dillard is married to Jill Duggar Dillard, and gained notoriety from his appearance with her on the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off Counting On. It is not the first time that Dillard has used his platform to try and disparage Jennings. In August, he tweeted that Jennings’ show was an “oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”

At that time, TLC did not reprimand Dillard, saying only “Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.” In this first attack, Dillard used the wrong pronouns, saying he had “nothing against [her]. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”

With the most recent attack however, TLC dismissed Dillard from the network. They also released a statement via Twitter, reiterating their support for Jennings. “We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future,” the statement reads. “TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.”

Dillard has now started a fundraiser on GoFundMe to assist him with his Ministry goals. As stated on his page, he wants to raise a total of $10,000. The purpose of the fundraiser is to help him, “fulfill [his] specific calling to ministry this year,” which according to him is a “key asset in not only [his] vocational ministry, but also in [his] personal development.”

Dillard has previously asked for money and has been reprimanded by fans of the show but this latest fundraiser is likely related to his firing.