Did anyone else read this “story” on the Duggars? Are you one of the legions of fans (perhaps not of them, but of their show) that follow them faithfully? How into Jon and Kate were you? (Be honest!)
The piece is relatively silly, and those quotation marks are there on purpose- it’s more of an op ed piece. Not even that sophisticated- more of a rant than anything else. I expected something relatively well thought-out and logical, or at least objective, but the writer really has no real objection to the Duggars’ way of life than expressions like “off-putting” and “hokey”. She lauds them for their organization and cooperative spirit, their pennypinching and their love for each other. And then just blathers.
I’m not particularly in favor of the Duggars, or their reproductive choices. Perhaps I understand their good-natured fundy quirkiness a little more than most, having experienced quite a bit of that in my own life, but I don’t condone their way of life, or the idea that the more, the merrier.
I do take issue, however, with the idea that they’re somehow representative of all conservative-leaning Christians. They are certainly not alone in their beliefs on large families, but their charm and attractiveness come from the fact that they ARE unusual- this is what makes millions of people watch them on TV. The same basic principle operates with Jon and Kate and the Octomom (still waiting on that reality?). And people watch. Heck- I’d probably watch faithfully- if I weren’t so busy with my own measly two!
What do you think? Are you a fan?