Jazz Jennings Responds to Derick Dillard’s Transphobic Tweet (UPDATE)
UPDATE (8/4/17 at 8:27 a.m. ET):
Jazz Jennings has no time for Derick Dillard’s comments.
The 16-year-old responded to the Counting On star’s transphobic tweet on Thursday, August 3 and proved she is mature beyond her years.
“Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different,” she wrote on Twitter.
Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) August 3, 2017
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Original story (8/3/17 at 7:08 p.m. ET):
For some reason, Counting On’s Derick Dillard woke up yesterday morning, August 2, and chose to pick on fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings, who’s only 16 years old.
Not only did the 28-year-old say Jazz’s transgender identity is a “myth,” but he also misgendered the young TV personality.
And Twitter users were not having it…
It all started when TLC tweeted a promotion for the current season of I Am Jazz.
Derick quoted the tweet, writing, “What an oxymoron … a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality.
“‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
Twitter revolted, as you might have expected.
“Is it necessary for a grown man to throw shade at a teenage girl?” user @notthegymnast asked him.
And that’s when Derick dropped the wrong pronouns.
“I want to be clear,” he wrote in response. “I have nothing against him. I only have issue [sic] with the words and definitions being propagated here.”
A lot of other Twitter users “have issue” with Derick’s “words and definitions,” though.
“Bullying a teenager girl? How brave and ‘godly’ you are,” wrote one.
“Why does it bother you? Does this affect your life in any way?” asked another. “Let the girl live. Love thy neighbor.”
Jazz herself hasn’t directly addressed Derick’s statements, but she has retweeted the supportive tweets of other people.
One tweet she retweeted said, “Very hypocritical of your family to profit from a network which airs content against your beliefs. Don’t like it? Don’t associate with it.”
Jenny Boylan, a trans activist and academic featured on I Am Cait, tweeted Jazz later that day to say Jazz rules, and the high schooler responded to say, “You’re awesome.”
Derick married into a famous family with famous issues with LGBT rights when he wed Jill Duggar, star of 19 Kids and Counting, in June 2014.
For example, Michelle Duggar, Derick’s mother-in-law, once recorded a robocall asking Arkansas voters to resist an anti-discrimination ordinance.
In that recording, she claimed the transgender identity is a “preference” and equated trans women are “males with past child predator convictions.”
Meanwhile, Josh Duggar — Jill’s brother and Derick’s brother-in-law — spoke out against same-sex marriage and supported a “religious freedom” law allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals.
TLC, which has always been supportive of Jazz’s identity, issued a perfunctory statement about the controversy: “Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.”
The network has not, however, specified whether there’d be any consequences for Derick’s statements.
More as this story develops…