In August, Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar’s husband, tweeted that “transgender is a myth” in response to a new TLC TV show about Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen. At the time, he came under fire for his comments.
Dillard tweeted, “What an oxymoron... a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God.”
In response to the criticism, Dillard responded that he had nothing against “him.” People responded by calling him out for using the “wrong” pronoun.
Dillard wasn’t the one to bring up the topic this time, reported People. On Thursday, the father of two and star of TLC’s “Counting On” alongside his wife tweeted that America needs unity.
A Twitter user responded to his post, suggesting he’s part of the problem in America. They brought up Dillard’s tweet about Jazz Jennings.
The user tweeted, “ Personally, i think the reason why people reply to your tweets so often is because they often come off as hateful. Like calling someone’s identity an oxymoron is very condescending…”
Dillard responded by clarifying his position on Jazz Jennings.
“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. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way,” wrote Dillard on Thursday.
He continued to use the male pronoun to refer to Jazz, which drew fire back in August.
“Again, nothing about him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.”
“I think it’s important to have a mature discussion,” Dillard added. “I am just expressing my concerns, as a Christian. The beauty of the world is that everybody is not like me.”
Dillard continued, saying he’s “never bullied anyone, just said I didn’t agree with what is being propagated on tv. I’m expressing my view of what should be treated as reality; if I say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn’t make me so.”
“Also, has anyone looked into whether a child is capable of making that kind of decision,” he said, seemingly referencing Jenning’s decision to transition. “We can’t vote til we’re 18; our brains aren’t fully developed til around 25.”
Dillard concluded, “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,” he added.
The 16-year-old "I Am Jazz" responded to the conversation. Jennings tweeted, “Every day I experience cyber-bulling, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.”
At the time, TLC issued the following statement to PEOPLE regarding Dillard’s tweets: “Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.
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