With the release of Amazon’s Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, Amy Duggar King hasn’t been afraid to attack her uncle, Jim Bob Duggar, noting he has been a hypocrite for years. Amy is the niece of Jim Bob, who grew up alongside her 19 cousins even though she lived a very different life. Now, the Arkansas native is speaking out.
Amy was shown several times on the Duggar’s TV series 19 Kids and Counting. While the cameras rolled, she was frequently seen hanging out with her older cousins, Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and Jinger Duggar Vuolo. In 2015, Amy married Dillon King and moved away from her famous family. Since Josh Duggar’s conviction, Amy has spoken out against most of her family members who have forgiven Josh and even wrote a statement to the court. Naturally, her uncle was not thrilled by her behavior.
Jim Bob Allowed TV For Himself
While appearing on Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, Amy shared that she found a lot of decisions Jim Bob made to be hypocritical. She revealed she once asked her uncle why he ever agreed to participate in a reality show when he doesn’t allow his children to watch TV in the strict home. Jim Bob reportedly told Amy that it “wasn’t a show, it was a ministry,” as if trying to validate why he signed his family up.
Amy recalled a childhood memory with followers as she remembered bringing over a VeggieTales tape, so her Duggar cousins could at least watch a cartoon describing the series as a “CHRISTIAN, wholesome cartoon.” Amy shared that Jim Bob became irate at Amy’s boldness. He told her the cartoon was not welcome in the family home, revealing he said, “I do not want my kids thinking vegetables talk.”
The IBLP Taught Body-Shaming
Jim Bob also came across as a hypocrite when he expected his wife, Michelle Duggar, and their daughters to dress a certain way but let his sons get away with bolder fashion choices. In the IBLP, the men were allowed to wear whatever they wanted. In fact, some of the women in IBLP even had to do worksheets that showed certain dressing styles and pick apart what was inappropriate about each outfit. A Shiny Happy People participant joked, “Forget learning math. They taught s**t-shaming.”