Twitter erupted in a din of unified rage on Wednesday night in reaction to Megyn Kelly’s televised interview with members of the Duggar family on Fox News.
During the interview with Kelly, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar admitted they knew their son Josh Duggar had molested several of their daughters, but described Josh’s actions as “inappropriate touching” and “nothing like rape.”
Jill and Jess Duggar, two of Josh’s younger sisters, announced on air they were among their brother’s victims.
The Duggars voiced displeasure with Arkansas police for honoring a Freedom of Information Act request and supplying InTouch Weekly with Josh Duggar’s investigative records. The family suspects a police officer at the department may be guilty of bribery, and are considering a lawsuit.
The Duggar family starred in the hit TLC reality series “19 Kids and Counting,” until the network pulled the show following 27-year-old Josh Duggar’s admission last month that he sexually assaulted several girls, including some of his sisters. Josh Duggar has also stepped down from his senior lobbyist position with the conservative Family Research Council.
Below, some notable reactions from the Twittersphere about the Duggars’ appearance on Megyn Kelly:
Duggar narrative is entirely male-centric. Young female victims are an afterthought/secondary, preservation of the male paramount. Shameful.
— CMT (@CaroMT) June 4, 2015
Mainly this Duggar interview is just sad, because the parents are so stunningly ignorant about child sexual abuse. Even now.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 4, 2015
"Every victim should have the right to tell their own story." — Jim Bob Duggar, not realizing the irony among other things #DuggarInterview
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) June 4, 2015
And the Duggars want to protect juveniles' records. Hilarious. Hope Fox does the same when the juveniles in question are black.
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) June 4, 2015
"Jim Bob Duggar: 'God Has Forgiven Josh'." No I haven't. He's going to hell, just like you.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 4, 2015
They are going to go for the "Christian Persecution" defense folks. PFFT. #Duggars
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) June 4, 2015
Jim Duggar: Josh didn't do something unforgivable like trying to have a loving committed relationship with a man.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 4, 2015
Raise your hand if you think Megyn Kelly would ever have sympathy toward another family's "hard choice" in this situation.
— social media waluigi influencer (@jesseltaylor) June 4, 2015
Naming the daughters seems to be the final act of patriarchy. Empower the son, expose the girls to more "shame" in their community. Terrible
— CMT (@CaroMT) June 4, 2015
Jim Bob Duggar's "they were asleep" defense is pretty fucking close to defending the rape of someone who was asleep.
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) June 4, 2015
Jim Bob keeps saying this was "taken care of" and it's clear he means Josh was in the clear, not that the sisters were doing OK
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) June 4, 2015
Seriously, these people are fucking monsters and @megynkelly is having a threesome with them right now
— TBogg – more or less (@tbogg) June 4, 2015