TLC’s Child Molestation Special Was Scrubbed Clean Of Any References To Josh Duggar

Last night, while the rest of the world was immersed in the VMAs, TLC aired their much discussed special on childhood sexual abuse called “Breaking the Silence,” which was made in direct response to the allegations that one of their biggest stars — “19 Kids and Counting”‘s Josh Duggar — had molested his sisters when he was a teenager. While the hour-long, commercial-free program was chock full of brave survivors sharing their stories, along with well-intended statistics and advice, one thing was glaringly missing — there was not a single, solitary reference to Josh Duggar himself.

Josh’s mother, Michelle Duggar, and the two sisters he molested, Jessa and Jill, were on hand for a brief two minutes, almost like celebrity ambassadors whose pet cause happened to be decrying child molestation as “bad,” but the show offered no context for their appearance. While I can see the benefit in TLC not turning “Breaking the Silence” into yet another Duggar spectacle, it seems deeply disingenuous to not acknowledge why they were there or what they had to do with the special being made in the first place.

While TLC did the right thing by canceling “19 Kids and Counting,” this concerted effort to distance themselves from the Duggar scandal comes a little too soon if you ask me, especially given how much the network has profited off the family’s terrifying beliefs — beliefs that absolutely helped to create the sexually repressive environment in which Josh’s predatory behavior was bred.

[h/t Jezebel]