Mainstream media outlets and social media trolls are trying to crucify reality television star Derick Dillard for authoring what some are calling a “transphobic” tweet. Dillard, who married Jill Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting in 2014, decided to make a bold statement on Twitter about another TLC reality show, I Am Jazz, which follows young trans rights activist Jazz Jennings.
In response to a promotional image for the reality series, Dillard tweeted on Wednesday: “What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
Dillard did not directly target or bully Jennings, but rather shed light on an inconvenient truth with a statement about gender.
Later that night, he defended his tweet in a reply to @notthegymnast, saying, “I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”
Of course, his use of the pronoun “him” instead of “her” offended social justice warriors worldwide, prompting many to call for TLC to take action against the reality star, who co-stars on the 19 Kids and Counting spin-off, Counting On.
The next day, liberals gushed over Jazz Jennings response via Twitter.
“Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different,” tweeted Jennings.
Despite the fact that Jennings was never actually cyberbullied by Dillard, Jennings’ allies on Twitter slammed the outspoken Christian for “throw[ing] shade on a teenage girl.”
Dillard, who is open about his faith on national television, apparently has no right to address his biblically-based views on social media. Surprising to many, even The Christian Post did not stand by Dillard’s comments, publishing an article entitled “TLC’s ‘Counting On’ News: Derick Dillard Under Fire for Bashing Teenage Trans Jazz Jennings.”
Faced with a barrage of criticism, including attacks from the Christian left, Dillard courageously stood by his words.
“People are not my enemy; I fight against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Everyday, I seek to be less like the natural spiritual state I was born with and more like my lord whom I confess, Jesus Christ,” he tweeted on Friday.
Dillard brilliantly pointed out that he likewise aspires to be something other than how he was naturally born — more like Jesus Christ.