ETA: Perhaps I might have to eat my words about the Duggar Studios just being the kids trying to get paid. This story from the Inquistr seems to say it’s a family money grab – Duggar Family Tries To Recreate Reality Series Magic With Amy Duggar Wedding Video, Fails Miserably
Several days ago I took a look at all the major media sites claiming that the Duggar family was going broke because of Jill and Derick asking for donations for their El Salvador mission venture. It looks like people are just getting angrier over the possibility that the donated mission monies being used for personal expenses. The two recent back to back trips back to Arkansas by the family for the Bates wedding followed by cousin Amy Duggar’s wedding seems to have stirred up a hornets nest of people thinking they are funding all this flying about that has nothing to do with the El Salvador mission. There has been scant information from either the Duggars or the Dillards on how these funds will be spent. What do you think? Do the people that donated have a right to expect the money be spent a certain way or are they out of luck because they didn’t initially question how it would be spent? Is this one of those let the buyer beware situation or do they have a legitimate point? Shouldn’t those fans have done their due diligence on how the Dillards planned on spending the money?
More on the fan outrage from WKBW News in Buffalo, New York :
Fans have complained on Facebook, asking where the money they donated was going and asking to see pictures of, you know, the mission trip.
And lo and behold — this Instagram “throwback Thursday” image appeared.
We still don’t know if Jill and Derick used their own money to make those trips back to the States, though.
and from Ring of Fire radio. They shared this screen cap from Facebook of fan upset on Derick and Jill’s Facebook page:
The Dillards have started sharing photos and information on social media in the face of this criticism. According to this site at least –
The Duggars are fighting back online! After receiving backlash for allegedly spending their mission funds on luxury, “19 Kids and Counting couple Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have now addressed the issue by simply updating their Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as their family blog.