The Duggar and Bates Boys Mime in Homemade Music Video

The Duggar and Bates Boys Mime in Homemade Music Video November 10, 2014

gayprayYour stupid Duggar-related news of the week: more than just a faux sex scandal, Michelle & Jim Bob aping their newly wed daughters kiss or scripture parrotting in response to rumors – it’s the largely left as loose ends boys from the Duggar and Bates clan lip synching/air accordioning to the Lawson Bates song “Happiness is the Lord” and it’s every bit as ‘good’ as you might imagine it to be. Sort of a fundamentalist version of a teenaged girl singing into a hair brush microphone along with the radio, except they aren’t actually singing or playing any instruments.

Leads me to wonder what exactly will happen to these kids when no one is interested in their antics and their television show “19 Kids & Counting” is long gone.

The video stars one of the Duggar boys in some startlingly modern skinny jeans in red. He has to be defrauding someone out there in those pants.

E!Online had this to say about the video:

“Happiness is to know the savior/ Living a life within his favor/ Having a change in my behavior/ Happiness is the Lord,” the Duggar boy lip-synchs. He then goes into a weird yodel. In fact, most of the video is basically said male Duggar making a pained facial expression while pretending to yodel along with Bates’ track.

Sad thing is that E! doesn’t seem to know the difference between a ukulele and a guitar, plus the Duggar boys have started their own You Tube channel Duggar Studios. They do know you can’t really claim you did an original music video if you did not actually record the music?

But I love the bass players hat and attitude.

See for yourself.

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  • Michelle M

    That pic of Michelle and Jim Bob copycatting Jessa and her new husband’s kiss was disturbing to me. Maybe it really was a family joke, but it felt very much like them trying to appropriate the life of one of their children, if that makes sense. It reminded me of when Bethany Frankel posted a pic of herself in her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. Creepy.

  • Saraquill

    Are they feeling around for alternate means of income, in preparation for the dearth of marriageable children?

  • Nea

    Trying to appropriate? These are the parents who whored out their entire childhoods to TLC.

  • Nea

    Leads me to wonder what exactly will happen to these kids when no one is
    interested in their antics and their television show “19 Kids & Counting” is long gone

    My prediction: Ever wilder behavior to try to grab the press attention back, behavior that will slowly lose its “It’s Christian so it’s okay” veneer and just become “Don’t you know who I am? I’M A DUGGAR!” And then obscurity.

    Unless the kids decide to go like the Phelps family, which frankly wouldn’t surprise me at all. All that lovely, lovely press attention the Phelpses got – at least until the coup put the two who actually knew how to manipulate the press into internal exile. I haven’t heard a peep out of them since they were chased out of that town by a wave of non-threatening people and *didn’t* start waving lawsuits right, left, and center.

  • Independent Thinker

    Not surprising: One of the Duggar boys wearing a Benham Companies t-shirt. (the Benhams got canned by HGTV after anti-gay remarks before their reality show hit the air)
    Totally surprising: Red skinny jeans on one of the Duggar boys.

  • Independent Thinker

    Can you imagine if one of the Duggar girls came out with a line of maternity bras and panties? Ironically, it would be an appropriate avenue for them to explore. I just wonder how far they are willing to swing the modesty pendulum for profit.

  • Joy

    That would sell, and sell very well, I expect. It would be fascinating to watch them try to balance modesty and profit-making.

  • KB

    Speculating about the sexual orientation of Duggar children still living at home is not cool.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, and Jason Mraz, these dudes are not. As for the red skinnies: is this some attempt to gain hipster cred? Cos it’s not working.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Um… we sang that same song in Youth Choir back in the 1970s (sans yodelling and in an up-tempo way). It was one of the songs in our song book.

    I think I liked ‘Pass It On’ better though.


  • Can you imagine the therapy franchise with these poor kids 25 years from now? Someone is going to make a small fortune publishing their tell-all books. When you have 19 kids, you can’t harass and shut-up all 19 of ’em. One of these days, someone is going to crack. Imagine the headlines then.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I’m seeing those red skinny jeans as rebellion and a potential candidate for cracking and telling all in the future.

  • That_Susan

    Okay, so it’s just a bunch of kids having fun and not producing anything all that great. I wasn’t able to sit through the whole video cuz it was just too boring. It reminds me of some of my own childhood performances that I thought were pretty impressive at the time but probably weren’t all that…only difference is, we didn’t have YouTube back then and my parents didn’t even have a video camera, so they weren’t recorded for all posterity and I don’t have to feel embarrassed about it now. 🙂

  • Nea

    Perhaps Michelle will now that she can’t stay famous for fecundity. It would certainly be a good hook “This bra worked for me 19 times!”

  • Nea

    PS – I just watched that clip where Jim Bob dry-humped her in front of her kid and the cameras. Neither one of those parents has the slightest claim to modesty after that spectacle. Not the slightest claim.

  • Independent Thinker

    I hope you had your eye bleach ready before you watched that clip. I am not exactly a prude and my husband and I have kissed in public on more than one occasion. However, if my husband tried to dry hump me in front of my child on a mini golf course I would be livid.

  • Independent Thinker

    After seeing Jim Bob and Michelle’s kissing photo recreating Ben and Jessa moment I am convinced she and maybe even Jim Bob can’t stand attention on anyone else but themselves. That is not a healthy behavior for the parents of 19 kids. I am sure menopausal Michelle would feel like she was the best candidate to model maternity clothes even though most people her age are not having children. The percentage of people having children around the age of 50 stays in the single digits.

  • Independent Thinker

    Unfortunately, given the fact that they shun higher education, have minimal businesses skills, and keep a very insular circle of friends the child with the tell all book deal is likely to get screwed by the publisher. I really don’t think their Gothard Education is going to prepare them to negotiate a contract with a major publisher in their favor.

  • Independent Thinker

    They actually have more videos up. One is worse than this one. It reminds me of how four and five year olds tend to act out all the words to a song when they dance.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Don’t they make pretty good money on the show? Maybe one of the kids picked up on how to negotiate from their parents. I also imagine that any kid who would rebel in the future would also start to self-educate anyway.

  • Independent Thinker

    Jim Bob and Michelle make good money from the show. The kids (even the adult ones) may not do as well. I have a life theory that has panned out pretty accurately in my life. Success has three components education and experience, timing, and luck. Jim Bob and Michelle had a formal education. Their children did not get that same experience. Big families got trendy. People are always willing to pay more for trendy items. Including TV producers. Luck. Sometimes no matter how hard you work or how perfect your timing is the luck factor simply isn’t there. If you start an upscale restaurant in the peak of the summer tourism season only to have a major hurricane hit a few weeks later luck was not on your side. I honestly do not believe the Duggars are master negotiators. Look at the merchandising around Duck Dynasty and the Kardashians. Jim Bob may do well on the show but he certainly hasn’t been able to turn the Duggar name into a solid brand or merchandise beyond books and DVDs.

  • That_Susan

    🙂 It sounds like they’re entertainment-deprived. Most young kids these days have seen so much good quality stuff that they’ll automatically aspire to something much better and more creative. Too bad they only seem to be allowed to POST on YouTube — NOT to learn anything by viewing others’ work.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Ah, true. Right place, right time. Reality TV was big then, and still is big, but it probably won’t stay that way for too much longer. (and even then, fads within reality shows change) TLC was looking for “weird” families for TV shows. Once this show gets cancelled, the public will probably lose interest in the Duggar family. (though they’d probably get attention if one member went crazy or something) And if any of the kids did want to continue a lifestyle built around fame, they would have to learn how to negotiate, as well as figure out how to make something that the public wants. (that might be difficult, considering they aren’t allowed to consume much mainstream media) Duck Dynasty is yet another fad; rednecks are popular right now. And Kardashians? People have been obsessed with the rich and the beautiful for god knows how long.

    On that note, your comment about branding makes me wonder what Duggar merchandise would look like.

  • Suzy’s Mamma

    I went to watch the video and found it ironic that the video of the Duggar boys was preceded by a Victoria’s Secret ad. It was my laugh for the day.

  • Nea

    It’s crude, trashy, and attention-getting… so it suits Jim Bob to a T.

  • Nea

    I didn’t need to see the kissing photo to know that they’re both attention whores. Knowing that they sold their kids to TV and Michelle had *her* wedding dress on display at her *daughter’s* wedding spoke quite eloquently on the subject.

  • Farmgal 4

    That’s supposed to be a family-friendly show. If I had children that watched him do that I would be furious. I have zero respect for JB or Michelle. They’re both famewhores, no more, no less. Michelle is probably the sorriest excuse for a mother that I’ve ever seen and JB has a sick preoccupation with sex. These people are mentally ill IMO.