Duggars ’17 and Counting’ Review in NYT

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Since I’ve recently discovered that Arkansas Project readers are nutso for all things Duggar, here’s a little something for you: The New York Times offers a review of the “17 and Counting” reality show on TLC focusing on the massive northwest Arkansas brood and their wacky misadventures:

“17 Kids and Counting” maintains a compassionate tone toward the Duggars. But its existence seems designed to make anyone watching it feel righteous. The mother of the well-spoken only child gets to feel smug. The religious mother of six gets to feel as though Christian families are sacred. This show doesn’t exploit the people in it; it exploits the divisions among everyone watching.

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6 thoughts on “Duggars ’17 and Counting’ Review in NYT

  • October 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm
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    D. need your help on a story that is brewing about Obama being a “new Party” socialist member.

    There are some Arkansas connections.

    Do you recognize any of them ?

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  • October 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm
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    John,
    None of those names mean anything to me, but they also predate my involvement in Arkansas politics.
    D.

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  • October 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm
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    Are the rest of us supposed to know what is going on here? Were there names and you just omitted them, “D.”?

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  • October 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm
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    Sorry, Lawdog. You gotta click on John’s name to go to his blog. Looking at it now, that does look like a bizarre exchange.
    D.

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  • October 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm
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    If you have a girl you can name it Jayd or Jory! and just wanted to say Hi love Jayd

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  • February 12, 2009 at 11:34 am
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    Hello…How in the wold do these people support their kids? Do they get state subsidies? welfare? Do they get paid for havaeing this series? Are they FOR REAL? I havea NEVER seen a family that happy in my ENTIRE LIFE!!!!! Why oin earth whould you want to be on national tv and advertise having so many kids and continue havaeing more? REALLY…they need to consider ending their reproduction at this point…What’s wrong with them???????…It’s almost cruel and unjust to think this is normal….But on the other hand what in the wold is normal these days anyway????? May the dear Lord step up to the plate and cease this insane stupidty….those poor kids….

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