AMY Duggar has slammed Jim Bob and Michelle for speaking out against the ‘Happy Shiny People’ reveal documentary.
The Amazon Prime series focuses on the Duggars and other well-known families who follow the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) religious organization.
Jim Bob and Michelle claimed in an angry statement released after the episodes were released that the documentaries were “degrading”.
Amy – whose uncle is Jim Bob – has now spoken out against the couple.
Sharing a snippet of the duo’s statement on TikTok, she raged: “Newsflash.
“If you had given Josh the real help he needed a long time ago – real therapy – you wouldn’t be in this mess.”
“These beautiful girls wouldn’t have so much to heal. You are not a victim here. Stop playing the victim.”
Josh Duggar, 35, is currently in prison for possession of child pornography.
Amy appeared on the documentary Happy Shiny People to talk about her experiences with the Duggar family.
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Her cousin Jill also starred in the series.
The documentaries deal with the BLP, a religious organization that some believe to be a cult.
After the first episode of the documentary was released, Jim Bob and Michelle made a statement about it family websiteand they also shared the news on Instagram.
The statement from the Counting On stars said: “The recent ‘documentary’ that talks about our family is sad because it shows us how the media and those with bad intentions are hurting people we love.”
“Like other families, ours has experienced the joys and heartaches of life, only in a very public way.
“This ‘documentary’ portrays so much in a derogatory and sensationalist way, because sadly that’s the way entertainment is these days.”
It continued, “We have always believed that the best chance to mend damaged relationships or settle differences is through love in private.”
“We love every member of our family and will continue to do everything we can to have a good relationship with each one.”
“Through triumphs and trials, we have grown stronger in our faith and discovered that it is through the love and grace of Jesus that we find strength, comfort, and purpose.”
Critics slammed the couple for focusing on re-establishing private relationships.
One wrote on Reddit, “‘Love in private’ is disgusting considering how much has been covered up.”
“What a horrible, warped version of love this family has.”
Another added: “They talk about their heartbreak being broadcast in a public setting like it was forced upon them. You chose to appear on a TV show for years.”
A third posted: “I would feel sorry if they hadn’t walked their family through the public square. You violated her family’s privacy.”
The Institute in Basic Life Principles is a non-denominational Christian organization.
The IBLP was made famous by the Duggar family and was founded in 1961 by Bill Gothard.
According to Bill – who has never married – a man’s role in life is to provide “servant leadership” while women must respond with “reverent submission and support”.
The Duggars do not believe in birth control, they homeschooled their children on Gothard’s ATI program, required them to wear “modest” clothing, and limited the influence of the outside world.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).