TLC announced it will no longer be working with Derick Dillard following a series of tweets he wrote that targeted trans teen Jazz Jennings.
Dillard, who is married to TLC star Jill Duggar and appeared with her on the 19 Kids and Counting spinoff Counting On, wrote a series of transphobic tweets last week that attacked 17-year-old Jennings, who also appears on the network in her reality show I Am Jazz.
“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child,” Dillard wrote in a tweet on Thursday in which he misgenders the teen. “It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days.”
“Also, has anyone looked into whether a child is capable of making that kind of decision,” the 28-year-old added in another tweet. “We can’t vote ’til we’re 18; our brains aren’t fully developed ’til around 25.”
After people criticized his tweets, he responded by writing, “Jazz is being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda. I really have nothing against the kid and wish him all the best in life. I just hate seeing him used this way.”
Jennings chose to not engage in a Twitter war, and instead tweeted, “In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love.”
In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) November 11, 2017
The teen gave a similar response in August after Dillard tweeted that “’Transgender’ is a myth,” simply saying, “Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.”
— TLC Network (@TLC) November 11, 2017