Duggar son-in-law Derick Dillard is firing back after Jazz Jennings said she has no time to worry about him or the transphobic tweets he’s posted about her in the past!
The I Am Jazz star, who has been the target of several Twitter attacks by Derick, told Radar Online that the former Counting On star is probably attention-starved, (especially since he is no longer on television.)
“Honestly, I don’t give Derick any of my attention,” Jazz told the site on Friday. “I don’t even read the tweets that he sends out anymore because I just don’t care. You know? He can say whatever. I think he’s doing it for attention.”
It’s been almost a year since Derick was booted from his wife Jill‘s family reality show for posting transphobic tweets aimed at Jazz. Over the course of multiple attacks, Derick has tweeted that he pities Jazz, and that he felt Jazz’s parents were taking advantage of “him.” (Derick has refused to use female pronouns to describe Jazz.) He has also stated that “transgender is a myth,” called transgender people “mentally ill,” and attacked multiple LGBTQ stars from the TLC network.
Derick also fired off a few tweets about Jazz and her parents earlier this summer, after Jazz had her gender confirmation surgery. He likened Jazz having the surgery to “child abuse.”
Still, Jazz has said that she tries to focus on people who are positive, rather than people like Derick.
“Honestly if someone has a negative opinion then I don’t really read or listen to them,” Jazz told Radar Online. “Why spread negativity? I listen to the people that are supportive who are saying great things — telling me that my message is meaningful and that I should continue telling my story.”
After Jazz’s interview was posted, Derick responded via Twitter.
“I just speak out against child abuse, and especially those who promote it, because it’s the right thing to do,” he wrote on Friday. “It’s just absolutely awful and should not be celebrated.”
I just speak out against child abuse, and especially those who promote it, because it’s the right thing to do. It’s just absolutely awful and should not be celebrated.
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) September 21, 2018
Derick has continued to lash out via Twitter against TLC, the network who booted him from ‘Counting On.’ (Of course, if you believe Derick, he left the show because he wanted to, not because he was fired…)
Earlier this month, Derick expressed his desire to have ‘Counting On’ moved to another network, and once again slammed TLC.
“I encourage others not to watch the filth on TLC…” he tweeted on September 10.
TLC obviously doesn’t agree with Derick’s opinion about Jazz’s show being “filth.” In fact, the network recently announced that ‘I Am Jazz’ Season 5 will premiere in early 2019.
(Photos: YouTube, TLC)