Target: Discover Communications CEO David M. Zaslav
Goal: Applaud cancellation of show featuring an anti-LGBT family and an admitted child molester.
19 Kids and Counting has finally been cancelled after coming under fire for starring transphobes and most recently for the revelation that one of the family members sexually abused his sisters when they were children. It’s unfortunate that it took so many months and so much controversy, but thanks to the efforts of human rights activists include those here at ForceChange, this bigoted family will no longer have their own TV show on TLC.
The Duggars showed themselves to be blatantly anti-LGBT when, in 2014, they discriminated against same-sex couples on their Facebook page and were caught sending robocalls to the people of their community advocating against an ordinance that would have protected transgender people from being arrested for using the bathroom that fit their true gender. Ironically, in the robocall message, Michelle Duggar compared transgender women to child molesters.
Now that it’s been revealed that Josh Duggar is an actual child molester, TLC has been unable to stifle the controversy, especially as the Duggars have relentlessly defended Josh and his reprehensible actions. Sign this petition to applaud the network for finally cancelling 19 Kids and Counting and to urge them to refrain from giving TV shows to any other bigoted and dangerous people in the future.
Dear Mr. Zaslov,
I’m writing to offer my support for the decision to cancel 19 Kids and Counting after it came to light that one of the family members, Josh Duggar, sexually abused his sisters when they were very young. Child molestation is an incredibly serious issue, and the fact that the Duggars are excusing his actions as well as their own attempts to cover up what happened shows that they are not fit to be exposed to the nation via television.
I am, however, disappointed that it took this much controversy to get your network to cancel the show. The Duggars had already come under fire for showing themselves to be blatantly homophobic and transphobic. In fact, Michelle Duggar recorded and sent out robocalls comparing transgender women to child molesters in an attempt to deny them the simple ability to use the women’s restroom in public spaces. This kind of bigotry during a time when trans people are so often made the targets of abuse and violence should be unacceptable to everyone.
Though I thank you for eventually cancelling this TV show, I also ask that you take greater care in the future to check the backgrounds and attitudes of any people you’re considering casting for a program. The Duggars should never have been given a platform to begin with, and it should not have taken months for you to cancel that show after they revealed themselves to be homophobic, transphobic child molester defenders. I urge you to do better for the millions of abused and vulnerable people across the nation and beyond.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jim Bob Duggar