‘Counting On’: Did Jim Bob and Michelle’s Message To Derick Dillard Do More Harm Than Good?

❗Attn: mushy post❗ . Yesterday was this handsome fella’s birthday! I love you so much @derickdillard ❤ Thanks for being my man and for always pointing me back to Jesus. You’re my hero and my best friend! . . We celebrated this weekend with family, then got a sitter last night and went on a date to @wafflehouseofficial . . ⬆

Jim
Bob and Michelle Duggar surprised the world when they took to Instagram to
wish their son-in-law, Derick Dillard, a happy birthday. The message likely
seemed sweet for people who weren’t aware that Derick, along with his wife Jill
Duggar, has been all but excommunicated from the family. While some fans
believe the families have put their troubles behind them, critics think the
message was calculated, and they are not okay with it.

Are Jim Bob and Michelle reading internet comments?

After the message went live, family followers were a little
bit surprised. After all, Jim Bob and Michelle are clearly in the middle of a
pretty public battle with their son-in-law, even if the
public feud appears a bit one-sided. Family critics surmise that Jim Bob
and Michelle are reading internet comments, and their birthday message was a direct
reply to what everyone has been talking about for months.

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Happy birthday, Derick! We’re so thankful for you! You’re a loving husband to our sweet Jill, and a wonderful daddy to your boys. May God bless you in this new year!!

A post shared by The Duggar Family (@duggarfam) on Mar 9, 2020 at 11:16am PDT

If you think about it, the
birthday message is pretty out of place. The family hasn’t offered up a
birthday shoutout to any of the other in-laws who have joined the family. It’s
also the first time that they’ve publicly acknowledged Derick in years. The
transparent motivation behind the birthday message did not sit well with critics,
to say the least.

Extending Jill an invitation to a family event seems pretty
calculated now, too

The Duggars are busy trying to fix their public image it
would seem. The birthday message to Derick also coincided with Jill finally
being invited to a family event. After fans noticed she hadn’t been acknowledged
by her family in more than two years, suddenly, she showed up on the family Instagram
page. To be fair, we don’t know if she’s simply not pictured at events, or not invited
at all.

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This extra day of February is EXTRA special spending time with family!! So glad @jingervuolo and Felicity

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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