It is being reported that TLC is considering dumping molester Josh Duggar, but keeping 19 Kids and Counting on the air. If TLC does bring the show back, advertisers must be boycotted.
TMZ is reporting that TLC is considering several options:
Connected industry sources tell TMZ, TLC is considering a number of options, weighing the pros and cons. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh.
As for cancelling the show, our sources say there is significant concern that big advertisers will bail. TMZ broke the story, General Mills has already pulled the plug.
On the other hand, we’re told TLC believes the show has a strong, loyal evangelical base and so far support has not wavered.
TLC is considering removing the molester but keeping his crime covering up parents and some of the victims of his crimes on the show. The network is obviously trying to figure out a way to save their cash cow and make the scandal go away. Removing Josh Duggar from the show will not make everything better.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar covered up their son’s crimes, and almost of the options that TLC is considering would keep them on the air. The only thing is going to make TLC listen is hitting them in the wallet. TLC is waiting for viewers to show them that they will not tolerate the airing of a program that features a family sweeping molestation under the rug while pretending that everything is fine.
The Duggar facade has been shattered, and advertisers must understand that they will face a backlash from consumers if they financially support 19 Kids and Counting.
Getting rid of Josh Duggar is not good enough. Tell TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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