Tuesday, November 8, Duggars: All You Wanted to Know

The Duggars are used to answering questions and in this episode they are taking questions directly from you, the viewer! Watch as Jim Bob, Michelle and the kids answer everything you wanted to know about the family with 19 children.

60 minutes

57 comments:

Reality TV Junkie said...

Every time a Q&A epsisode comes up, I'm so excited, even though I know they won't answer the real question that we want to know. It seems that every Duggar Q&A, about 90% is stuff that we've heard before. I'm really hoping this one will be different.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I can't wait to see what the "There will be criticism" remark from Michelle will be about. She seems more than a little put out when she says it.

It looks like once again we're getting the "Is anyone courting?" bs. They have to keep dangling that carrot in front of viewers who are hoping for another courtship/ wedding. (Maybe one of the daughters will be sacrificed up like Kim Kardashian claims to have been just for tv ratings. Only the poor Duggar daughter won't be able to get out of it if it's not all peaches and cream.)

Sarah said...

Both the Duggars' and J&K +8's episodes with this title should have read "All We Want You To Know." It's not like they're really going to tell us anything new or of value.

Seriously? said...

My only question is: WHEN will you please go permanently away from our tv screens?

Seriously? said...

This Q&A format, whether for the Duggars or the Gosselins, or whichever other family has sold their privacy for fame and fortune, is nothing but a TLC-crafted marketing ploy in which the actors (aka 'family members') pitch their assigned BRAND to the tv audience.

It's all just b.s., just the the entire genre of 'reality' tv.

I'd rather read a book that is at least HONEST about being FICTION.

The Roaming Commoner said...

Yes, I saw Michelle giving the "There will be criticism" comment too. I wonder what the exact criticism was though. I would think that the family knows what is said about them on the web and they may be tired of it but then again, when you allow your family to be filmed you take that risk (just my opinion).

Pam said...

The Duggars were all at an Arkansas airport this morning...everyone was dressed in red. I guess they were headed for NYC. Wonder what the announcement is?

mom in texas said...

People.com has a clip of the season finale on their site that accompanies the number 20 announcement. Michelle's "there will be criticism" statement apparently is about the announcement of baby #20 which will be featured on the show. Also Josh and Anna comment on the announcement and Anna says "Hopefully we will catch up to them, I mean have more too" this comment is followed by Josh and Anna making their own announcement. Are these people serious?? I hope this is just a tease and they too are not pregnant again so soon.

PolishWonder said...

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar just said that the world has 7 billion people but "overpopulation is a myth" and "the world's population could fit within the city limits of Jacksonville, FL". WTF?!

Elverna Bradshaw said...

Wow! They took a question from someone with blue hair (who had a friend with green hair).

Those kids from Jackson on down are just WILD. Jennifer trying to step on top of a flat panel monitor that was on top of a desk. All sorts of outside vehicles flying around the house.

Don't try to tell me that there is any schooling going on. With as much traveling as is happening, it would be impossible in even the most strictly ordered household. The younger kids will grow up even more uneducated than the older ones and that is very, very scary. (You'll notice that the parents and older girls were the only ones who read questions from the screen. I seriously think the other kids would struggle with it.)

The girls may have said the right words but I watched their expressions during the announcement and they told a completely different story. One of the boys had a look of bewilderment and disgust.

ennvee said...

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar just said that the world has 7 billion people but "overpopulation is a myth" and "the world's population could fit within the city limits of Jacksonville, FL". WTF?!

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The "Jacksonville" crap comes from one of their fundie friends, Ray Comfort, IIRC. OR it came from the Creation Museum episode. At any rate, I'd already heard it and yelled out "Jacksonville!" when the young lady talked about over-population. My husband thought I was nuts, but Jim Bob kept to his script and my "insanity" was validated.

They were so on script that Jim Bob and Jill had the same response, word for word, regarding the military. However, Gothard forbids joining up since you might have to obey someone who is not like-minded; the same theory is why people like Gil Bates quits his lucrative job and takes up tree cutting.

Same show, different year (also noticed some questioners were holding the Duggars' FIRST book), two year old stock footage (Joy has grown a foot, easy) mixed in with newer stuff, but overall, the same evasive, non-answers we've become accustomed to getting from them for years.

I am not religious, but will give anyone a straight answer to any question, anytime. The Christians I know have the same sense of integrity, which is the antithesis of what I see when the Duggars answer questions they have likely handpicked in the first place.

Yuck! said...

Oh geez. Give it a break, Duggars. We know no one in your family will ever join them military, because they might have to rub elbows with Muslims or Hispanics or some other "icky people". School is filled with the same undesirables. Can't be near anyone who isn't a Gothardite!

We know you can't dance because you can't control your "urges".

We know that Daddy has to pick out suitors for the girls, because at ages 18-22 they aren't capable of choosing their own partners.

We know that Michelle is willing to die for any child, even if that means leaving the rest of her children without a mother.

Oh wait. They already have mothers. Michelle is merely a birthing vessel.

Andrea said...

Did not watch. Will not be watching anytime soon. I'd like a re-cap and ratings numbers from someone, but I most definitely will not be watching this television program anytime soon. This is the only way to make Jim Bob and Michelle go away. Jim Bob and Michelle will end up in a special place in the end, and I'm not referring to heaven. Abusing the environment is a SIN and make no mistake they are abusing the environment. 7 billion on the planet, one more does make a difference. I only hope the children can find a way out.

mom in texas said...

Jim Bob's comment on the Earth's population being able to fit into Jacksonville was meant to be a joke, right? I hope it was meant to be a joke. If not that says a lot about the Duggar thinking or lack there of.

Last night's Q&A was a disappointment. Same song,different day. Somethings that stood out though was Jim Bob and Michelle finally saying they were practicing Baptists. This was one topic they seemed to never confirm in the past.

The question about would the kids be in trouble if they kissed someone was skirted over so fast. Neither Jim Bob or Michelle gave a definitive answer.

Jill and Jinger must have been chosen to answer because of all the kids they have the training down pat, more so Jill than Jinger. Jill gave the standard Duggar answers to everything. It is so sad how there were times Jill couldn't even explain herself because she rarely is allowed to have one original thought of her own. When the firefighter posed the question about dating one of the girls, Jill said "the would have to talk to our Dad.He knows what we want" What about THE GIRLS knowing what they want? What about the girls being able to say what they want in a man? The little hope of one of these older kids having a life of their own with their own beliefs seems less and less likely.

The younger children are really unruly. I screamed when I saw Jennifer on top of the desk and computer.I flinched every time I saw Josie being picked up and swung around by one of her sibilings. Fragile no more, I guess. These kids have way too much energy. A full day of actual school would burn some of that right off. Michelle really didn't answer the question about discipline either. She turned the topic to character building or something.

The pregnancy announcement was blah. I was just glad to find out that Josh and Anna were joking but I am still wondering why Anna felt the need to choose her words so carefully and look to Josh when she said they hope to catch up to Jim Bob and Michelle one day. Was it so all the baby making doesn't seem like a competition? She quickly looked to Josh and corrected herself.

I look at Anna, Jinger, and JoyAnna and have noticed such big personality changes. There was a time when it seemed they would be able to have a voice but now they all seem to be going with the Duggar flow. I wonder if the same will happen with the younger ones such as Johannah?

JMHO said...

I let myself hope for answers. I liked that we finally got a declaration from Michelle herself saying that they were Baptist. I feel like they haven't made that really clear, just that they were "Chrisitian". Which may work for some people, but as a Catholic, I was wondering what denomination they were.
I for one, would like to meet them for a day, a q&a, where I could point out that "They shouldn't be kissing them anyway...I don't see how that would be accidental" isn't really an answer to the question asked.
I have to say though, I am happy for them about # 20. I can see their perspective on how it's worth it. Look at Josie. Can you look at her and say "It's not worth it to have you. Sorry."? I think you just have to have Faith from the beginning, trusting that God has a plan. But that's my view, and I'm /not/ forcing it on anyone. Some of the questions did irk me, because they've been answered a million times "Why do you name them all J?" But I did think that was a really clever way of telling them. I loved it. And Josie's expressions throughout the show. She cracks me up. I was surprised that Jordyn or Jennifer (not sure which) hit her brother and she wasn't reprimanded? She probably was later, but that wasn't shown. Overall, I was happy that they did actually answer more questions than they have in the past. I also like that Michelle was okay with being criticized. I really do like them, and I agree with a lot of their beliefs (NOT ALL) And I think that frankly, their faith in God is what all Christians, no matter their denomination, should be.
But that's just my opinion.

Leigh Ann said...

I was really surprised when either Jim Bob or Michelle (can't remember which) said it wasn't important that the kids go to college because neither of them went. It's my personal experience and my observation that parents generally want their kids to have better than they did and to have every opportunity available. There's just not much available without a post-secondary education of some kind. You may not need a four year degree but most jobs require some trade school or something unless you start out at the make-up counter and work your way up. You can start your own business but that's really risky and it's got to be easier if you have some kind of education in how to run a business. Jim Bob said most people end up in a career different than what their college degree is. That is true for lots of people. But if they didn't have a college degree at all they may not have gotten the job they had. A lot of employers just require that you have a degree, it doesn't necessarily matter what it's in. But without it, they won't even consider you.

I just get the impression that they really don't value a post-grad education and think their kids will have the same luck they did.

tulip said...

Agree...Q & A disappointing and boring. Same old verse, same as the first (but it wasn't like I expected anything more)

I've never liked the girls talking about how if a guy is interested in them, he can go through their Dad because he knows what kind of guy they would like...yuck! I guess with being famous, I can only imagine the number of guys out there trying to "court" them, but still! ...Jim Bob "interviewing" for his daughter's husband?

I think most of us agree the younger kids are all wild-it's very evident that growing up Duggar is a lot different now than it was back in the "14 Children and Pregnant Again" days, regardless of what they say or try to show on TV.

mk said...

Did anyone else think that most of the kids did not seem genuinely surprised at Jim Bob and Michelle's announcement? I'm betting at least the older kids already knew.

Besides, don't the girls track Michelle's periods or something? They would totally know if she was far along enough to get an ultrasound photo in which the baby actually looked like a baby.

rpw said...

Loved the response to "Who will take over the responsibility when the older girls are married off?" Interesting that the parents didn't figure into the answer!

You know what I would love to see? A second re-make of Footloose about 10 years from now starring the Duggars!

Leigh Ann said...

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They do clean their parents bedroom as one of their jurisdictions and I bet that includes cleaning the bathroom. They'd probably notice if a package of pads or tampons hadn't moved for months. That's assuming there's a bathroom attached to the master bedroom that's just there's.

But then again, by this time I think a lot of them probably were thinking it wasn't going to happen since Josie is nearly two. But in that family you have to assume it's pretty much a possibility at any time.

Lindy said...

It seems very strange for Michelle's own daughters to know her menstrual cycle, JMO.

I was disappointed but not surprised by the q&a on this show. It was just like all the other q&a's: well-scripted and formulaic. I was hoping that they would pick questions that would push their boundaries. For example, I wanted them to answer questions about their religious views (Gothardism, ATI, etc) from those of other religious faiths (like Muslims, Buddhists, and Catholics for example).

I was also disheartened by Michelle's focus on baby #20. Yes, this will cause lots of criticism, because of what happened to baby #19 (Josie) and that the older girls are treated like servants and are the true mothers to their own siblings. I thought that, although Jana said she was happy for this new blessing, her eyes said a totally different story, one of sadness.

mishmash said...

The Q and A session was a major disappointment! Jill wasn't even able to completely explain why the family doesn't dance. She is like a brainwashed robot, spitting out words that have been drummed into her since she was a little girl. I also didn't like Jim Bob's response to the question about him and Michelle losing their tempers with the children. He started saying how it's a parents worst nightmare but didnt specifically answer the question with a "yes we do sometimes" or "no we don't." And it's very disturbing how the girls have no say in picking a guy to court and seem to be completely ok with this. After watching the show tonight, I am convinced the Duggar residence is very similar to a religious compound.

Sharla said...

1.896M viewers.

sandi said...

>I was really surprised when either Jim Bob or Michelle (can't remember which) said it wasn't important that the kids go to college because neither of them went.
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It makes it easier to understand why they so willingly went along with Gothard,and why they were so easily guilt-tripped into beleiving the pill caused Michelle's miscarriage.Most husbands would have totally chewed the dr out for guilt-tripping their wife into thinking they'd killed their own baby.But Jim Bob just went along with it.
That said,I don't see why they don't understand,or at least have a general undersanding of why college (and formal education) would give their children a well-rounded education that would give them a better start and place in the world and society at large.Even if they don't use their degree,that's not totally the point. (take note here,Jim Bob).

sandi said...

>I've never liked the girls talking about how if a guy is interested in them, he can go through their Dad because he knows what kind of guy they would like...yuck! I guess with being famous, I can only imagine the number of guys out there trying to "court" them, but still! ...Jim Bob "interviewing" for his daughter's husband?

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I just hope the girls,if they do get married,will truly be in love with their spouse,and not just marry out of obligation and/or because daddy chose/approved of the man.I get the feeling they may not even understand what real love even is,at least not in that sense.
Yes,I too, would love to see the girls speak up and have a mind for themselves,allowed to or not.

ncgirl said...

"1.896M viewers"

That's really good. The ratings were getting below the million mark. Michelle's uterus has saved the show! LOL

Andrea said...

1.896M viewers - What the hell? I wish people would stop watching!! This is the only way to get them off our tv screens and give the adult daughters any hope of a normal life.

Susan said...

The announcement of baby #20 did exactly what they needed it to do....boost the ratings. They were down at about a million viewers or a little under. This announcement, and the outrage that came with it, has brought all the curiosity back. Now the viewership is back up to close to two million.

If this isn't evidence of these people simply selling themselves out to the highest bidder....I don't know what is. The only thing that would keep this show on the air is another kid or MAYBE a courtship. I bet Michelle had IVF to conceive this one, or used donor eggs. They would do anything (including benefit from all the knowledge of modern science) to conceive, because more kids equals more viewers equals more money.

There is no ministry at all involved here. It's strictly greed and economics. Jim Bob knows that the family will go off the air when there are no more kids. So, they'll do anything at all possible to keep Michelle pregnant for at least five more years. It is possible (crazy though).

Beedageeda said...

I just watched the "announcement" portion of the show again. I wanted to pay close attention to each of the kids' reactions.
The thing that struck my curiousity the most was Josiah's reaction. In the 'camera snapshot' images shown of reactions just as Michelle and Jim Bob said, "say, Momma's gonna have another baby!" Josiah's face completely changed from one frame to the next and by the third snapshot, he had exited the scene altogether, and appeared to be headed toward the kitchen or couches. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if sweet big sister Jana hadn't been concerned enough to call out "Josiah!" after him as he walked away. I wondered if he just simply didn't want to even be in the same room.

Also, I know that all children develop differently, but I am still very concerned for 4-year-old Jennifer. It's interesting that she's finally being featured in the interviews with Johannah and Jackson even though she seems to really struggle with language. My son is her age and SPEAKS clearly and communicatively. Jennifer doesn't seem to speak at all. She probably doesn't feel motivated to do so. No one would be able to fully listen to her anyway.
Pray for Michelle, the new baby to come, and all the family.

tulip said...

ncgirl...you got it! Michelle saved the day-ratings abound! If they hadn't been on The Today Show that morning and announced "the big news", there's no way a Q & A episode would have pulled in anywhere near that many viewers. Not to mention the recent talk going around about other "teases"...Jana sporting a supposed mysterious ring on her left finger, Josh & Anna stealing glances when talk of babies/adding to the family comes up, Anna Hackel, etc. Ratings down?...No worries, they know how to handle it. And now that Michelle's expecting for the 20th time, she gets to take center stage all over again.

UGH!!!! said...

Cute how the “liberal” questions were asked by people with bra straps showing, studs in their faces… everything they picture when thinking of outsiders (like they don’t come in all types). I do understand Michelle’s “can you look at healthy josie and say she wasn’t worth it” and “I’d die for my kids” statements – BUT, how about looking at another struggling preemie and telling IT that her drive for one more is worth putting IT through this? And dying for your kids is one thing – how about the sacrifice of the “20 round number” so you LIVE for the current 19? They’re free to do what they want, but they evade questions too well to be innocent about it.

Melissa said...

UGH!!!! said...
Cute how the “liberal” questions were asked by people with bra straps showing, studs in their faces… everything they picture when thinking of outsiders (like they don’t come in all types). I do understand Michelle’s “can you look at healthy josie and say she wasn’t worth it” and “I’d die for my kids” statements – BUT, how about looking at another struggling preemie and telling IT that her drive for one more is worth putting IT through this? And dying for your kids is one thing – how about the sacrifice of the “20 round number” so you LIVE for the current 19? They’re free to do what they want, but they evade questions too well to be innocent about it.

11/10/2011 2:40 PM

-totally agree with everything you've said!!!

I truly truly hope that Michelle and the baby will be OK. And, I pray that the other little ones (Jennifer, Jordyn, and Josie) will get enough attention even if it is from Jim Bob and the older daugthers. Thank goodness that Jim Bob is such an active father, or these little ones would definitely just be pushed to the way side as the next baby comes along.- This is exactly what I worry about if Josh and Anna follow the same path- Josh isn't HALF the man his dad is, so Anna will be stuck carrying the brunt of parenting responsibilities. Once she has 4 or 5 little ones around, she will be so overwhelmed....

londonbridges said...

My opinion is that the announcement of #20 bumped up the number of viewers significantly. As long as there are pregnancies, I think the show will continue.

While I truly hope that this unborn blessing and Michelle both come through healthy and well, I have to question JimBob and Michelle for their decision. To put her life and the unborn blessing in jeopardy is incredibly risky. She said she would die for her children, as most mothers would also say. It has been stated here before that what is her issue with living for the other 19? Even though the sister/mommies raise these blessings after 6 months of age, or so, they are not the mother. Michelle is the biological mother.

I have great difficulty with their logic. JMHO.

I also noticed that the older blessings didn't appear too shocked when the announcement was made. I think they were aware of the news already. And not all of them looked incredibly excited either.

Patrice said...

Michelle's statement of dying for her children is ridiculous. Yes, most mothers would jump into the street to save their child from the truck roaring at them.
Most mothers would NOT, however, lay down and wait for the truck to come just to show their child what would happen.
IMO, this is exactly the equivalent of what Michelle is doing.

Seriously? said...

Oh, no, she didn't.....

Please tell me Michelle Duggar did not say something to the effect of 'if you don't intend to marry, you have no business kissing'.

Puhleeze.

IMO, neither end of the spectrum makes any sense. It's not as if you must choose between the two extremes of a) absolute promiscuity and b) abstinence from ANY and ALL physical contact.

As is usually the case, IMO, moderation is better than any extreme, yes, even (maybe especially) in regards to religion.

Such silliness.

AmyKB said...

the thing that bothered me the most was that there were so many questions that would have been answered if the asker watched the show in the past or read the books. And, the "big reveal" aside, a few things about the episode stood out to me...

Q: What is the biggest challenge of being in a large family? Aside from some of the girls saying "laundry" and JimBob's "just goint places," what do you think others would have said?

Q: Without TV in the house, how do the kids get entertainment? Seriously, who asks that? Because, unless you have it on all the time, you have to create entertainment for yourself and your family. If you don't have a TV, you just have a couple extra hours to do other things... it's not THAT hard...

Q: Is it possible to become a Duggar for a day? was that a planted question? it just seemed really strange... especially since the answers that followed were rather peculiar.

Q: How do you spend individual time with the kids? The idea that they talk to a few of them when running errands or helping with schoolwork is one thing. But what about the oldest 5-6? They likely don't go on errands with JimBob in the same way, and they're done with school. So what's their one-on-one time with JimBob & Michelle like?

Allie said...

"All you wanted to know??" That is certainly NOT all I wanted to know about the Duggars. I am SO happy I got to learn (again) how they pack for a trip. I just can't hear that enough. Whatever.

Patrice, good point!

And finally, I am so sick of Jim Bob pointing out that lots of babies = lots of sex. He says that kind of thing all the time. That kind of comment is the hallmark of a man with a self-confidence issue. Jim Bob, there are plenty of married couples that would have lots of babies too if it weren't for birth control. Believe it or not, you and Michelle are not the only couple on earth that has the hots for each other.

Seriously? said...

"And finally, I am so sick of Jim Bob pointing out that lots of babies = lots of sex. He says that kind of thing all the time. That kind of comment is the hallmark of a man with a self-confidence issue."

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Agreed!

Anyone else catch the Joshie comment about donning wetsuits in one of the other recent episodes? He was stating that the wetsuits were very manly and it seemed as if he was about to explain the reason was that they were tight-fitting and, so, uh.... graphic, but his wife interrupted with a "JOSH!" and he stopped.

Like father, like son: Arrogance, 2nd edition.

Further, I do not even necessarily believe all this hype is about 'having the hots' for one another -it seems more related to ego/esteem than love or even basic physical attraction.

Duggar males: no thank you, I think I'll pass. I like mine with brains .... hold the ego.

Leigh Ann said...

Q: Without TV in the house, how do the kids get entertainment?
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I must have missed that question. They have a (small) rock-climbing wall in their playroom. My daughter would love to spend a day or two hanging out with all those kids and toys. And they have that huge yard and play set. If you want to play a game there's bound to be another kid in the mood to play the same game. If there's one thing those kids are ahead of the curve on, it's finding ways to entertain themselves without zoning out in front of the TV. I have to wonder about the person who asked that question.

faline said...

Evidentally Josiah did not take the news of #20 well at all. He burst into tears and bolted from the room. His sisters were worried about him, you can hear Jana call out Josiah come back or Josiah dont cry, its hard to tell. He was finally strong armed back by Jim Bob.
TLC edited out as much as possible, but its all out there on the internet if anyone wants to see the pics.

I find it heartbreaking. Only a fifteen year old in the whole bunch, understands the danger his mother is putting herself and her baby in again? Worse yet, what mother stands around accepting congrats when you have one child physically sick at the news?

londonbridges said...

Do JimBob and Michelle really have the hots for each other, or is another pregnancy the necessary reason(in their logic) for having 'relations'? While they seem to have great affection and longing for each other, we only know what we see.

I didn't have a Nike moment, Josh, when I saw you wearing your wet suit. Actually, I had a spell of nausea. Both he and Anna have a lot to learn about marriage and life in general. JMHO.

Seriously? said...

"they seem to have great affection and longing for each other"

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Not saying they don't have some affection for each other, but IMO all that fawning and all those adoring looks, and the cheesy "my wuuunnerful husband" stuff is just part of the brand. Jim Bob is a ham and seems to do so much PDA for the benefit of the camera and brand.

Willow said...

To Seriously? Every time I read one of your posts, it is as if you have read my mind exactly. I so totally agree with your post about the extremes and kissing etc. So well put. IMO, Michelle got all caught up in trying to make it up to God for taking birth control pills that caused her miscarriage (supposedly) and no thanks to some strange doctor who made her feel guilty. Such hogwash, IMO. I don't feel Michelle and Jim Bob had the life experience/intelligence/whatever you want to call it, to properly judge what happened and were easily swayed to an implausible explanation.

Ally said...

"Evidentally Josiah did not take the news of #20 well at all. He burst into tears and bolted from the room. His sisters were worried about him, you can hear Jana call out Josiah come back or Josiah dont cry, its hard to tell. He was finally strong armed back by Jim Bob.
TLC edited out as much as possible, but its all out there on the internet if anyone wants to see the pics. "
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I just rewatched the announcement part of the episode. You can hear a bunch of the boys say "really," Josiah takes a deep breath or two, and then he runs (Jinger and Joseph have a somewhat disgusted look). Then, after the "snapshots (which Josiah is missing from), you can hear John David and Jana both call him. Then, when Josiah reappears, he looks like he is rubbing his elbow and wiping away tears/a runny nose (presumably from crying). Wish I knew how to post screen shots, I have it on my iTunes. Heartbreaking.

Mishmash said...

Evidentally Josiah did not take the news of #20 well at all. He burst into tears and bolted from the room. His sisters were worried about him, you can hear Jana call out Josiah come back or Josiah dont cry, its hard to tell. He was finally strong armed back by Jim Bob.
TLC edited out as much as possible, but its all out there on the internet if anyone wants to see the pics.



Can you tell me where I can see this scene? Thanks!

faline said...

I found the pictures in my above posting about Josiah's reaction to #20 from Television With Out Pity 19 Kids and Counting page 2878 the link was provided by a poster.

mom in texas said...

I was able to DVR the re-air last night and I closely watched the announcement part. I was finally able to see Josiah's reaction. He is shown shocked in the first snapshot Jim Bob takes and then he is missing. You can see several siblings (Jana, Jinger, and two of the younger boys) looking in the direction Josiah ran off to. After Jana says something to the effect of "Josiah, don't.." the rest is hard to comprehend. There appears to be editing and then Jim Bob goes into his speech about 20 kids, blah, blah, Josiah is shown again, seemingly upset.

I wonder if this was addressed positively? Where his feelings even validated by his parents or was Michelle too busy basking in the spotlight? Poor kid, he showed obvious emotion whether it was out of fear for his mother/sibling or out of anger. We may never know.

londonbridges said...

Perhaps Josiah was remembering the time of Josie's very premature birth, when not only her life was in jeopardy for a long time, but his mother almost died too. That must have been scary for all the blessings, and I wonder if this was ever addressed. If I was JimBob and/or Michelle, I would want a clear understanding from him as to his reaction. A few of the blessings appeared not so enthused, but his reaction appeared to be very different.

faline said...

The Duggars were in Branson Missori for an appearance over this past weekend.

I f you google duggars in Branson a youtube video will come up. Poor Josiah has had his head shaved!

This is my opinion only. I think that because he had an emotion other than pure joy (over the announcement of # 20), he was punished. That poor kid.

This also happened to Josh. In the beginning of 14 kids and... Josh is sitting there and he had his head shaved as well. If you google Josh and "sin in the camp" there are a number of responses that come up as to what he did or didn't do to cause his head to be shaved.

Jim Bob's answer as to why he lost the election to the senate was "there was sin in the camp" He actually blamed his 16 year old son!

The reality is people have different emotions. To bring up children that the only correct response to anything is joy is strange and wrong. It is more cult like than I am comfortabe with. I really hate the "unreality" of reality tv. They could have focused on why he was upset and dealt with the discussion about his fears. Instead its covered up to tow the party line.

Don't like rumors about kids said...

I've seen that elsewhere claiming Josh and Josiah had their heads shaved. Josiah's just looks like a bad haircut to me. One of the other boys has an even worse looking haircut. I hate all the rumors about Josh and believe that there could be many explanations as to what happened.

DuggarGoth said...

Poor, poor, poor Josiah!!! I saw the youtube video of them in Branson and he just looks beaten. I always thought him to be full of life and kind of a charmer. I don't know if it's just the haircut because it seems like a lot of the boys (younger ones included) have had the shaved head thing, but he just looks kind of pale and just defeated somehow. Someone in the video commented about how they the Duggars had a late night the night before with the book signing, but then again I think it's always a late night at the Duggars.

Erica said...

Where can I watch the video of Josiah's reaction to the news of the 20th Duggar or can someone put out a link please?

Anonymous said...

Erica said...
Where can I watch the video of Josiah's reaction to the news of the 20th Duggar or can someone put out a link please?

http://imageshack.us/g/508/shot1c.jpg/

Ally said...

I have a video of the announcement + Josiah's reaction, but I don't know how I would get it on here (I bought it from iTunes and recorded that clip with a camera...not the best, but you can totally see and hear everything).

organicows said...

Just a quick note on Josiah's reaction, it looks like Jinger, Jill, Joy-Anna, Anna and Jana all called out to Josiah after he left the scene.

Ally said...

For those who want to look at Josiah's reaction, the video has been posted on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lJ0fWfOHro). The announcement part is about 8 minutes into the video.

sandi said...

wow,Josiah just took off! It sounded like Jana said 'Josiah,don't cry'.He looked like he'd been crying.And judging from the look of his bent arm,it does appear he'd been pulled back into the circus arena by Jim Bob. JMO.