He’s counting, for sure. Ryan Reynolds revealed on Sunday, May 24, that he’s been following Josh Duggar‘s alleged molestation scandal by sharing an opinion piece on the ongoing fallout involving the 19 Kids and Counting star and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
“Dan Savage Calls Out Duggar’s ‘Staggering’ Family Values Hypocrisy,” Blake Lively‘s husband shared via Twitter and Facebook, alongside a link to an article written for The Advocate on May 23.
While Reynolds, a father of one himself to baby daughter James, shared no personal opinion other than the headline of the piece, his fans observed that the Deadpool actor agreed with Savage’s remarks made during the Friday, May 22 episode of All In With Chris Hayes.
During his appearance on MSNBC, Savage — a gay activist and columnist — pointed out the hypocrisy of the Duggar family in the wake of Josh’s scandal. In August 2014, the Duggar family matriarch actively campaigned against an anti-discrimination bill that addressed an issue involving transgender people and their right to use their restroom of choice.
“The Duggars very vocally and actively opposed an LGBT civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark., where they live,” Savage noted on the program. “The hypocrisy of Michelle Duggar out there… demonizing LGBT people while at the same time having covered up for and protected her son who had actually molested at least five little girls that we know of is just staggering.”
Savage made sure to call attention to the victims first and foremost. “I’m on the left as we talk about this,” he acknowledged of his differences in viewpoints. “[But] five little girls were abused and molested and there’s nothing here to take delight in and celebrate.”
He noted of how the Duggars have historically campaigned against gay rights. “Particularly when religious conservatives want to talk about it, they want to point a finger at non-family,” Savage continued. “They want to point a finger at people that they define as the enemies of families or not from or having families of their own — LGBT people, particularly trans people increasingly with these anti-trans bathroom bills.”
“[While] they were out there arguing that the threat to little girls in Fayetteville were trans-women,” Savage noted, “they knew, when they were covering for someone who had demonstrated, at least at that age, was a threat to little girls himself.”
Since the eldest Duggar son, 27, acknowledged his past transgressions last Thursday, May 21, he has since stepped down from his post at the Family Research Council, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
None of his immediate family members — his wife, brothers, sisters, and parents — have shared updates on social media since the news of the molestation allegations broke. However, a family member in-law Michael Seewald wrote about the scandal on Sunday, saying the Seewald family was defending and taking sides with the Duggars.
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